SNOW PATROL FACTS
Members: Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson, Tom Simpson, Johnny McDaid
Genre: Indie Rock
Hometown: Dundee, Scotland
Awards: Nominated for Best British Group, Album, Song
Albums: Songs for Polarbears, Final Straw, A Hundred Million Suns, Up to Now, Fallen Empires
Hits: “Run,” “You’re All I Have,” “Signal Fire,” “Take Back the City,” “Called Out in the Dark”
Other: Over 10 million albums sold worldwide, consists of members of early-90s band ‘Polar Bear’
The Scottish band Snow Patrol paid their dues on the U.K. music scene for nearly 10 years before finally achieving international success with their hit album Final Straw in 2003. After signing with Jeepster Records in 1997, original band members Gary Lightbody and Mark McClelland experimented with various sounds and band lineups that started to gain a following as the young rockers graduated from the college music arena into the big brave world of modern rock.
After the band's debut album, Songs for Polar Bears, the group expanded its audience by moving to Glasgow, Scotland, and released their second record, When It's All Over We Still Have To Clear Up. The band's new locale allowed it to break out of its college rock atmosphere to a more mainstream crowd, and as a result Snow Patrol, began to gain steam throughout the U.K. But it wasn't until the band hired guitarist Nathan Connolly and got into the studio to record their third record that they achieved the mainstream success they had been seeking.
Final Straw was a musical triumph that sold more than four million records worldwide and spawned four Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom. Fans were enraptured by the album's first single, "Run," a power ballad that showcased Snow Patrol's vocal range and ability to carry airy and flowing melodies.
After touring extensively with U2, Snow Patrol went back into the studio and released Eyes Open, which proved to be the band's most successful foray into the American market. With the hit single "Chasing Cars," the album was able to achieve platinum status in the U.S. and would pave the way for Snow Patrol's next album, A Hundred Million Suns. The album's single, "Take Back the City," was new territory for the band that explored unabashedly romantic lyrics that they had traditionally shunned in the past. The band again hit the road with U2 in 2009 to promote the new album and earned plenty of new fans in the process.
With the release of their most recent album, Fallen Empires, Snow Patrol shows no signs of slowing down their musical progression. Already one of the U.K.'s most successful international success stories, Snow Patrol is a popular draw for rock, alternative and pop fans looking for a sound that's unlike any other on the music scene today.