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The Script
The Mercy Lounge
Nashville, TN
Nov. 22, 2009
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Review and photos by Kate Seesholtz

Irish born pop/rock band The Script played their first headlining show in Nashville on Sunday evening. Starting off with a drum solo under dark lights, the band took to the stage at The Mercy Lounge. Playing songs from their hugely popular self-titled debut, the Dublin trio showed an unparalleled energy as they kicked off the evening with "Before the Worst."

From the opening number, they led quickly into the hip-hop laced "We Cry." Lead singer Danny O'Donoghue explained that the song was penned about people that are victims of circumstance. The band grew up in the slums of Dublin, and the lyrics of the song speak to their realization that the world is full of harsh truths. O'Donoghue stepped down from the stage during the song to allow the crowd to sing the simple chorus with him into the microphone. As he returned to the stage he remarked that he hard heard "not to fuck with Nashville" when it came to an audience's singing ability.

The band spoke a lot about their host town throughout the night. Remarking that they had gone downtown last night, they noted that "Nashville bars put Dublin to the test." It was obvious that they had enjoyed themselves the night before, as their drummer was visibly still reeling from the festivities. Though, even a night of fun did not diminish the quality of the performance. The Script started off their well known first single, "The Man Who Can't Be Moved," a capella, giving O'Donoghue a chance to showcase his soulful r&b voice (think Robin Thicke meets Bono). The audience practically drowned the band out as they sang along to the familiar chorus. O'Donoghue shared that he had no idea when they penned the words to the song that it would help to change lives.

The band played through the rest of their album with enthusiasm. From their current single "Breakeven" to the tongue in cheek "If You See Kay" (yes, it is along the same lines as Britney Spear's "If You Seek Amy"), The Script provided a solid show to the packed club.

Playing Nashville can be intimidating to even the most seasoned artists, almost everyone here is a musician in their own right. But with their lead singer draped in an Irish flag with the word NASHVILLE scrawled across it in black electrical tape, The Script made their audience forget their inhibitions as they ended an electric evening.

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