THE Script are celebrating a decade of success this year – but drummer Glen Power feared the band might have been finished before the anniversary.

The group’s frontman Danny O’Donoghue needed two operations to remove nodules on his vocal cords, which left him unable to speak for two months.

“We were very concerned, because when your singer has an issue with his voice you start to wonder if he’ll ever sing again,” recalls Glen, ahead of an SSE Hydro gig tomorrow.

“We know how much he loves singing and how worried he was. He went and got it sorted out, but the first gig back was the real test, the real milestone where he realised he was OK and back to normal.

“His voice is even better now, because he used to be totally hoarse after gigs, so I think he’s more relaxed now and he’s not worrying that his voice won’t be able to handle it.”

That means the Irish lads are back in business, with new album Freedom Child bringing in more political lyrics and occasional nods towards hip hop and R n’ B.

“I think we tried to be a little adventurous,” he says.

“Something like the song Rain was a departure from what we would normally do. Everyone seemed to worry that we were changing our sound but we were just having some fun trying things.”

The fact the band have been enjoying success for a decade now (their debut album was released in August 2008) has crept up on Glen, but he admits he’s been pleased to take a trip down memory lane and think about the group’s achievements.

“It’s very, very strange,” he adds.

“A fan said it to us last year and we hadn’t even realised it was coming up. To get it to this level and still enjoy it as much as we do is a blessing. I think for me one of the most surreal moments was doing the David Letterman show in New York because you’ve seen your favourite artists perform there in the past. To suddenly find yourself there was a strange moment.”

Another highlight was the band getting to open for Sir Paul McCartney on some American dates.

“Out of all the stars I’ve met, he was the nicest and friendliest,” recalls the drummer.

“He just had this ability to put you at ease. At first you’re really nervous, but within the first few minutes you’re chatting away because he’s just a normal dude. I was shocked at how nice he was and it was a real lesson in how to carry yourself despite being so famous.”

2018 also marks a personal anniversary for Glen, as it is a decade since he underwent brain surgery after suffering a bad fall that fractured his skull. Unsurprisingly it’s the sort of incident that makes you appreciate life more.

“Thank God I’m still here to talk about it,” he says.

“Everything with the band is great, but just being alive and playing music is amazing. That was my first concern, would I be able to carry on playing music. So I got an instrument in my hands straight away, just playing a guitar and making sure I could recognise chords. It makes you realise what’s important and how lucky I was .”

Now they’re set to hit Glasgow twice over the coming months, firstly at the Hydro tomorrow and then at the TRNSMT festival in July, where they’ll be second on the bill to Stereophonics.

“Glasgow always reminds me of the Irish crowds, so I’m expecting the roof to be blown off the Hydro,” adds Glen.

“We’ve always had great nights out there too, although I never know where I’m going – I just get dragged around the city and they always say the sign of a good night is one you can’t remember, so maybe that’s true for me…”

The Script, SSE Hydro, tomorrow, £37.50, 6.30pm