Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol

Indie Alternative Rock Indie Rock Britpop
Snow Patrol are an alternative rock band that formed in Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1994 and currently based in Bangor, Northern Ireland, where most of the band members are from. They consist of Gary Lightbody (vocals, guitar), Nathan Connolly (guitar, vocals), Paul Wilson (bass), Tom Simpson (keyboards) and Jonny Quinn (drums). Lightbody and Quinn are the only original members who remain in the band. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Eyes Open
    Eyes Open
  • Up to Now
    Up to Now
  • Final Straw
    Final Straw
  • A Hundred Million Suns
    A Hundred Million Suns
  • Chasing Cars
    Chasing Cars
  • Fallen Empires
    Fallen Empires
  • Just Say Yes
    Just Say Yes
  • When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up
    When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up
  • Songs For Polarbears
    Songs For Polarbears
  • Live at T in the Park 2004
    Live at T in the Park 2004
  • Snow Patrol
    Snow Patrol
  • A Hundred Million Suns (EU Version)
    A Hundred Million Suns (EU Version)
  • Songs For Polar Bears
    Songs For Polar Bears
  • Run
    Run
  • Take Back The City
    Take Back The City
  • Called Out In The Dark
    Called Out In The Dark
  • Final Straw (Ecopac)
    Final Straw (Ecopac)
  • Open Your Eyes
    Open Your Eyes
  • Signal Fire
    Signal Fire
  • Shut Your Eyes
    Shut Your Eyes
  • Snow Patrol: Sessions@AOL
    Snow Patrol: Sessions@AOL
  • Late Night Tales: Snow Patrol
    Late Night Tales: Snow Patrol
  • Chocolate
    Chocolate
  • Crack The Shutters
    Crack The Shutters
  • When I Get Home for Christmas
    When I Get Home for Christmas
  • Set The Fire To The Third Bar
    Set The Fire To The Third Bar
  • Spitting Games
    Spitting Games
  • 2004-09-22: Minneapolis, MN, USA
    2004-09-22: Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Hands Open
    Hands Open
  • You're All I Have
    You're All I Have
  • Starfighter Pilot (Remixes)
    Starfighter Pilot (Remixes)
  • Eyes Open (UK Limited Edition Package)
    Eyes Open (UK Limited Edition Package)
  • Eyes Open (EU Version)
    Eyes Open (EU Version)
  • A Hundred Million Suns (Non-EU Version)
    A Hundred Million Suns (Non-EU Version)
  • Live and Acoustic at Park Ave.
    Live and Acoustic at Park Ave.
  • If There's A Rocket Tie Me To It
    If There's A Rocket Tie Me To It
  • Eyes Open (Non-EU Version)
    Eyes Open (Non-EU Version)
  • Final Straw (Non-EU Version)
    Final Straw (Non-EU Version)
  • Chasing Cars [live in Toronto]
    Chasing Cars [live in Toronto]
  • Ask Me How I Am
    Ask Me How I Am
  • New York
    New York
  • Starfighter Pilot
    Starfighter Pilot
  • One Night Is Not Enough
    One Night Is Not Enough
  • The Planets Bend Between Us
    The Planets Bend Between Us
  • Little Hide
    Little Hide
  • How To Be Dead
    How To Be Dead
  • One Hundred Things You Should Have Done in Bed
    One Hundred Things You Should Have Done in Bed
  • Eyes Open (+ 1 UK Bonus Track)
    Eyes Open (+ 1 UK Bonus Track)

Snow Patrol. Artist Bio

Snow Patrol are an alternative rock band that formed in Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1994 and currently based in Bangor, Northern Ireland, where most of the band members are from. They consist of Gary Lightbody (vocals, guitar), Nathan Connolly (guitar, vocals), Paul Wilson (bass), Tom Simpson (keyboards) and Jonny Quinn (drums). Lightbody and Quinn are the only original members who remain in the band.

The band became wildly successful on both sides of the Atlantic on the back of their fourth record, 2006's Eyes Open and the ballad "Chasing Cars" - a song that has spent a near-record breaking 90 weeks on the UK Top 75. Some of their other well known songs are Run, Spitting Games, You're All I Have, Hands Open and Take Back the City.

The main thing to get about Snow Patrol is that, 14 years after they started out as a student band at Dundee University, they're still flying, gloriously and unpredictably, by the seat of their pants. "The great and terrifying thing about our band," declares their leader and main songwriter Gary Lightbody, "Is that everything has always happened as it's going along. There's been very little masterplan. We allow things to happen as much by accident as by deliberate intention." One notable early accident was their name. Lightbody's band used to be known as Polar Bear - hence their 1998 debut album Songs For Polarbears - but were obliged to change it after discovering that this was what the bassist of Jane's Addiction was calling his side project. 'Snow Patrol' had already been chosen for them by a friend who didn't care for the Polar Bear moniker; and so it came to pass that Snow Patrol signed in 1995 to Jeepster, home of their Glaswegian indie heroes at the time, Belle and Sebastian.

Now that the band have become feted as commercial giants - their last album Eyes Open was the UK's best-seller of 2006 - it's worth remembering that Snow Patrol spent the 1990's so broke that at one low point Lightbody had to sell his record collection to pay the rent. Jeepster finally dropped them in 2001 after their second album, the presciently titled When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up, failed to connect beyond their passionate but stubbornly tiny fanbase. "We spent 10 years making records that 6000 people bought," Lightbody confirms. "Success to us isn't a chart thing, it's when you turn up to play a gig and find the place is full." In the early days, their largest audiences were back in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as Bangor-born Lightbody grew up in Northern Ireland before moving to Scotland as a student. "We're very lucky in that we seem to have three home town audiences in Belfast, Dublin and Glasgow, although we get an extraordinary reception whenever we play anywhere in Ireland or Scotland."

Snow Patrol began to get considerably bigger all over the UK and in America after signing to Fiction in 2003 and hooking up with the producer Garrett 'Jacknife' Lee. "An amazing influence," in Lightbody's estimation, "Jacknife has become like an indispensable member of the band. I can't imagine working with any other producer." Under Lee's inspired guidance, Snow Patrol and their increasingly charismatic vocalist Lightbody, shed some of their indie rough edges and began to hone their pop smarts. In 2003 they released Final Straw their first number one album, which yielded the band's first top 5 hit, Run. It also won them the inaugural Ivor Novello for best album in 2004. In 2005 they moved into a remote studio in the middle of Ireland, Grouse Lodge, and completed Eyes Open, home of one of the most emotionally potent tunes of the 21st century, Chasing Cars. With over 100,000 radio plays in the UK, 2m downloads in the US, and the accolade of 'Best Song of All Time' from the listeners of Virgin Radio, Chasing Cars also had the rare distinction of closing the BBC's long running TV chart show Top Of The Pops in July 2006. The effect was phenomenal, leading to Eyes Open selling 4.7m copies worldwide.

At this point most similarly blessed bands would probably have either taken a long, expensive holiday, or re-grouped for another assault on the global pop charts. Lightbody and co did neither, opting instead to call up Jacknife Lee and make an album which took them on an unexpected creative odyssey from Galway in the West Of Ireland, back to Grouse Lodge in County Meath and on to the legendary Hansa studio in Berlin where Bowie and many other luminaries from the 1970's recorded seminal work. In line with the innovative traditions of the studio the album, A Hundred Million Suns, is Snow Patrol's most ambitious and exhilarating collection so far; and one in which Lightbody feels his band has, accidentally of course, squared its own circle.

In 2009 Snow Patrol continued their success by touring with U2 and Coldplay

The lead single from Fallen Empires (their sixth studio album released on 11/11/11), was Called Out in the Dark, premiered on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show on July 21st 2011 and released on September 2nd. (Called Out In The Dark Songfacts). The second single This Isn't Everything You Are was released on October 14th.

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