The Script on the Science of Hit-Making (Video)

 Michael Gordon

"We threw away cool a long time ago," says Script singer Danny O'Donoghue. "We don't give a shit. We've never given a shit." The frontman is responding to one critic's description of his band's music as "mamby pamby food court fluff." Witty verbiage, no doubt, but it's the Irish trio that's laughing all the way to the bank.

In the three years since The Script's self-titled 2008 debut was released, the band has sold nearly two million copies of that album, thanks in no small part to the international hit, "Breakeven." And it looks like their sophomore effort, Science & Faith, is destined to have a similar fate as it rides the success of its kick-off single "For the First Time."

Like "Breakeven," the newest Script offering has everything you want in a song -- undeniable hooks, a swelling chorus, anthemic guitar-led melodies -- while the band's audience seems to defy age, gender or demographic breakdowns. It's a trait they share with fellow countrymen U2, for whom they opened in 2009 (they landed the warm-up slot for Paul McCartney that year, too), and one that's sure to carry them well into the next album cycle.

Currently in the thick of a six-week U.S. tour, and headed to Asia in November, The Script's O'Donoghue, guitarist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about the inspiration for their latest hit, which didn't have as much to do with a relationship as it did with the recession. 

Hear more from the band's interview, including the guys' take on Americans' peculiarities, whether they would audition for a show like The X Factor and how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness, in THR's exclusive Script video gallery

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