Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol Biography

Featuring thrilling fusions of alternative pop/rock's most intensified marks, the Northern Irish four-piece Snow Patrol's compositions combine songwriting aptitude with guitar rock's sharpest strains.

How did you promote yourself and your music when you were first starting out?

We just kept playing; loads and loads of gigs!

Did you ever doubt yourself or think about giving up?

No - we have always had stubborn belief in ourselves despite all evidence to the contrary.

What's the wackiest thing you ever did to try and get a gig or sell a record?

Wore eskimo suits at a gig in the early days!

What other ways do you express yourself creatively outside your music?

We dont really have time to do anything creative outside of the band stuff...some practical joking on the tour bus and odd bits of D.I.Y.

How much did others encourage you to express yourself at an early age?

I was a very quiet kid and didnt really come out of my shell until I was 18 and left home. Then, well, all bets were off and I became the obnoxious toe-rag you see today.

What is your community today, and how do you stay connected to it?

Our community is the friends we have in Glasgow and Belfast. But we only see them when we're not touring; the friendships we speak of are so strong that when we come back from months away it's as if we were never away.

Do artists and musicians have a responsibility to be leaders in their communities?

We try and stay out of politics in what we write and say. But you can serve your community in so many ways other than in politics - charities are a good example and we certainly do our bit.

Who do you aspire to be compared to?

The correct answer is to aspire for others to follow in your own footsteps not to tread in those left by people before you.

Who are you sick of being compared to?

Ha! We get compared to Coldplay an awful lot but we're not sick of it. It's a journalistic term for those writers who are lazy and inept.

Do you think music can change the world?

Music can make the world a much more bearable place, definitely. We couldnt live without other people's music and making our own.

Have your political views changed over the years?

No. I am still radically liberal.

Describe one of your proudest moments as a musician/performer/artist.

Headlining the Kingtuts stage at T in the Park Festival, 2004, in Scotland. Awesome crowd, the best we've played to, and a kind of triumphant homecoming, even though we're Irish.

Snow Patrol Bio from Discogs

Snow Patrol are a Northern Irish/Scottish alternative rock band formed at the University of Dundee in 1994. The group comprises Gary Lightbody (vocals, guitar), Jonny Quinn (drums), Nathan Connolly (guitar, backing vocals), Paul Wilson (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Tom Simpson (keyboards). Initially an indie rock band, their first three records, the EP Starfighter Pilot (1997), and the studio albums Songs for Polarbears (1998) and When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up (2001), were commercially unsuccessful and were released by the independent labels Electric Honey and Jeepster respectively. The band then signed on to the major record label Polydor Records in 2002.

Snow Patrol rose to national fame with their major label debut, Final Straw, in 2003. The album was certified 5× platinum in the UK and eventually sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Their next studio album, Eyes Open, (2006) and its hit single "Chasing Cars," propelled the band to greater international fame. The album topped the UK Album Charts and was the best-selling British album of the year, selling over 6 million copies worldwide. In 2008, the band released their fifth studio album A Hundred Million Suns, then in 2009 their first compilation album, Up to Now and in 2011 they released their sixth studio album Fallen Empires.

During the course of their career, Snow Patrol have won five Meteor Ireland Music Awards and have been nominated for three BRIT Awards. Since the release of Final Straw, the band has sold over ten million albums worldwide.

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