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Ireland's The Script seducing new audiences

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The members of The Script have learned that an Irish accent is an advantage while touring America.

“They seem to really like the Irish accent, yeah,” drummer Glen Power says with a laugh. “It’s a weapon of mass seduction, the accent is. We love coming back to America!”

But America, and other locales, have likely been seduced by the earnest but buoyant music of The Script’s two albums as well, including this year’s “Science & Faith,” which debuted at No. 1 in both the U.K. and Ireland.

“We’ve stumbled across a type of music that just speaks to people,” notes frontman Danny O’Donoghue, who co-founded the group in Dublin in 1996 as Mytown, changing the name to The Script in 2001. “It’s emotionally driven music. I know it may not be the coolest music around, but it’s music that our fans really get their teeth into, or their hearts into.”

One of those fans, meanwhile, is Paul McCartney, who’s tapped The Script to open for him several times, including a trio of shows at New York’s Citi Field stadium in 2009.

“It’s strange ... considering we’re not of the same generation that grew up adoring (the Beatles),” O’Donoghue says. “I’ve never known a time in my life when I haven’t heard the Beatles, y’know? So it’s a very strange thing for us to kind of get the seal of approval from someone my dad would admire.

“That’s when you realize, ‘We must be doing something right here, to have a Beatle want us to pen for him.’ There’s plenty of other people out there, but yet he chose a very small outfit from Dublin. It’s very humbling.”

The Script and Hugo perform Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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