The Script Light Up The Wiltern
Kicking off their set with “You Won’t Feel A Thing” from their new album “Science And Faith”, The Script proceeded to liven up the Tuesday night audience and led them into singing along to “Talk You Down” from their debut album.
The mosh pit crowd consisted mainly of swooning girls hoping to sneak a grab of the band's dashingly handsome lead singer Danny O'Donoghue, and he didn’t disappoint – he leapt into the crowds time to time, much to the delight of screaming fans. The Irish frontman put on quite a show, jumping all over the stage and pumping up the crowd during “We Cry” and “Before The Worst”, both singles from their debut album.
It was only when the band took a seat and performed an acoustic version of “I’m Yours” that Danny’s voice was really showcased. Although the band has been compared to The Fray and U2 (yes, they’re also Irish and sing ballads), it is the r’n’b influence and soulful edge of Danny’s voice that makes this band unique. As bassist Mark Sheehan revealed, both he and Danny (the founding members of The Script) had spent 7 years in Los Angeles “cutting their teeth” in the industry – clearly, the time was well spent, as the fusion of blues, r’n’b and rock influences allow this band to experiment with their sound.
The likeability factor of The Script lies in their lyrics. As Mark and Danny joked on stage that their songs were drawn from drunken heart-to-heart conversations in pubs and Danny’s consistent drunk-dialing habits, it highlighted that their lyrics were universal themes of love, confusion and heartache. In their single “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”, which has become an international chart-topper, they tell a tale of a man kipping on the street where he met his love, waiting for her to take him back. The formula is distinctly like old folk tales that used to be passed down aurally, and The Script have found a contemporary way to tell their stories.
As the crowd at the near-capacity Wiltern rose to their feet to applaud for an encore, the sheer amazement at the reception was evident in the band’s eyes. For a band who have already had a number 1 album in the UK and multiple chart-topping hits in Europe as well as supporting U2 and Paul McCartney on tour, their overwhelmed reaction to the audience was humble and endearing. They went on to perform “For The First Time” before ending their 12-track set with their current US single “Breakeven”, encouraging a sing-along from their loyal fans.
The Script have just kicked off their US tour and will be performing across the country, so it’s well worth keeping them on your radar as they go from strength to strength.
SLIDESHOW: The Script perform live at The Wiltern, LA, on Tuesday night
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