The Script are about to leave New York - the last stop of a promotional tour of the US – but they’ve got plenty of reasons to be excited about their return to the British Isles.
To be honest I always believed I would get to this point, that somehow, somewhere, someway, a door would open and I'd get my foot in. I think this will last as long as we’re honest with ourselves.
The Irish band are among the likes of the Kings of Leon and the Black Eyed Peas in the nominees for international group at this year’s Brit Awards, plus they’re about to embark on their biggest UK tour. Oh and they’re also looking forward to their mums’ home cooking of course, as Deborah Trickett found out...
DT: Did you ever think you could become this successful in such a short amount of time and do you think it will last?
GP: Music is my life. I’ve spent my whole life trying to get to this point. To be honest I always believed I would get to this point, that somehow, somewhere, someway, a door would open and I'd get my foot in. I think this will last as long as we’re honest with ourselves and continue to enjoy performing shows, which is really the best part of what we do. The feedback you get from a live audience, a live show, is amazing.
DT: Can you remember any big challenges from 2010 and how you overcame them?
GP: I'm hoping the New Year will bring great shows and maybe some surprises along the way. I think our big challenges have been to keep up with our touring schedule and learn to adjust to the demand that being in a successful international band brings.
DT: What’s the best thing about performing on stage?
GP: I think the best thing is to see the excitement on the fans faces. To feel the buzz before you go on and then the atmosphere that sweeps over the crowd when we’re in full swing.
DT: Do you get nervous?
GP: We still get nervous before we go on. The day we don't is the day we'll stop because I think you need that to be sharp and on top of your game
DT: Being based in London, what do you miss most from back home in Dublin?
GP: It’s mostly family and friends. After that for me it’s Guinness, my local chipper and my mother’s fry up.
DT: You’ve performed among some big stars including Enrique Iglesias, Anastacia, The Pet Shop Boys, Mcfly and Sir Paul McCartney. Who would you most like to collaborate with and why?
GP: Right now we are really enjoying collaborating with each other and seeing what else we can come up with.
DT: If you could listen to only one artist for the rest of your life, who would it be? It’d be Westlife wouldn’t it?
GP: No! It wouldn't be Westlife, although fair play to the guys for a very long and successful career. It would be The Beatles for obvious reasons.
DT: What advice would you give to up-and-coming bands and do you have any favourites that you’re listening to at the moment?
I would say be yourself at all costs. Have a vision in your head of where it is that you want to go and hold onto that in your mind at all costs. Rehearse, rehearse and then rehearse again. Be tight, be a unit and find people with the same goals as each other. Be prepared to sacrifice. There's an Irish band called The Coronas who are doing really well, have great songs and are supporting us on our European tour. They are one to watch out for.
DT: On releasing ‘Nothing’ in November, your second single from your second album ‘Science & Faith’, would you say your music tells the tale of your story so far?
GP: ‘Nothing’ is more a snapshot of a situation that has occurred, not just in our lives, but in everyone's lives.
DT: Are your other song lyrics based on real life events of your own?
Particularly the ones about relationships such as ‘The man who can’t be moved’...GP: Some of them are yes. ‘The man who can't be moved’ was more an idea of what would a person do for the one he loved and we came up with this character that had this very simple view that if he sat on the corner for long enough, his love would come back.
DT: Speaking of love, I’m sure there’ll be lots of screaming girls at your concerts - are you looking for love at the moment?
GP: I'm not, because my mother tells me it’s when you’re not looking for it that it finds you.
DT: Danny (lead singer) turned 30 last year. What did you do to celebrate?
GP: We celebrated Danny's birthday in Australia, we were on tour over there. We all went out together and had a big night!
DT: What was the last film you watched and what would you mark it out of 5?
GP: The last movie I watched was ' The Fighter ' and I would mark it 5 - pure amazing. Christian Bale is one of the best actors out there.
DT: Any last words?
GP: What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve.
The Script are due to begin their biggest UK tour to date and will be at the Manchester MEN Arena on Friday 18 March and the Liverpool Echo Arena on Monday 14 March. Tickets are available at www.gigsandtours.com or call 0844 811 0051.
Photos: Kevin Westenberg