About Snow Patrol


Snow Patrol are an alternative rock band from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. The band consists of Gary Lightbody (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Jonny Quinn (drums, percussion), Nathan Connolly (lead guitar, backing vocals), Paul Wilson (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Tom Simpson (keyboards, samples).

Formed at the University of Dundee in 1994 as an indie rock band, the band is now based in Glasgow. The band's 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 5x 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 and in 2009 their first compilation album, Up to Now.

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 have sold over ten million albums worldwide. The group is currently preparing themselves for the release of their sixth studio recording, entitled Fallen Empires, and a tour of the UK and Ireland in early 2012.

Songs for Polarbears (1998)
When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up (2001)
Final Straw (2003)
Eyes Open (2006)
A Hundred Million Suns (2008)
Up to Now (2009)
Fallen Empires (2011)

The Yogurt vs. Yogurt Debate (1995) - released under the name Shrug
Starfighter Pilot (1997) - released under the name Polarbear
Sessions@AOL (2004)
Live and Acoustic at Park Ave. (2005)
Sessions@AOL (2006)
iTunes Live from London (2009)
iTunes Live: London Festival '09 (2009)
Called Out In The Dark (2011)

I have loved Snow Patrol since 2006, when a friend of mine had their album Eyes Open playing in her bedroom and I really liked what I was hearing. Since that day, they have become one of my favourite bands of all time. I can't even express how much I love them, from their alt-rock sound to Gary Lightbody's incredible voice and song-writing talents. I own all their albums and have been fortunate enough to have seen them live in concert (twice!). If I had to listen to one band for the rest of my life, it would probably be Snow Patrol :3

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