Watch: The Script talk 'getting back on the road' ahead of Derry gig
Irish band The Script have been speaking about their new album and upcoming tour dates, after taking a break away from the music scene.
The trio are set to perform a number of gigs in the coming weeks, including a show at the Millennium Forum in Londonderry on Tuesday, August 22.
The shows will mark their first live performances since 2015, but lead singer Danny O'Donoghue said they never intended to be away for so long.
"We never officially said we were going to take a break," he explained.
"At the time we had been out on the road for a good eight years and we just naturally felt we should take some time off. But then four months led into eight months and before we knew it we were sitting around thinking, 'OK, we've had a bit of normal life now, let's get cracking again'.
"So about a year ago we started to take this new album really seriously - and now here we are with everything packaged and ready to go. We're ready to get back on the road again."
Their fifth studio record Freedom Child will be released in September, and the band said they are excited to perform their new music for their fans.
We're back!!! pic.twitter.com/CDSop7aVRN— the script (@thescript) August 1, 2017
"I've missed playing live more than anything," said guitarist Mark Sheehan. "You go into the studio to make music and you're kind of in a bubble, but you want to know if the songs make sense.
"When you do make a record it's incredibly exciting to get back out and play live again.
Drummer Glen Power added: "By nature we are musicians so we should be playing gigs, and to not do that for as long as we have is pretty intense after doing eight years of gig after gig.
"But it was nice that we got to live a bit of life for a while.
"We got to reconnect with friends and just do really normal things for extended periods of time, as opposed to two days here and there."
The Script will also perform at the National Stadium in Dublin on Monday, August 21, with dates in London, Blackpool, Plymouth and Edinburgh included on their tour.
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