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Snow Patrol

After failing to secure an international audience for nearly ten years, Snow Patrol broke into the mainstream with 2003's Final Straw, a mega-selling album that showcased the band's fondness for epic, melancholic rock. The group had originally stuck closer to the pop realm, releasing quirky albums that took more cues from Belle & Sebastian than Coldplay (to whom the band would later draw many comparisons). Final Straw proved to be a turning point, however, paving the way for the success of 2006's Eyes Open -- particularly its worldwide hit single, "Chasing Cars" -- as well as the band's future work.

Although originally from Northern Ireland, co-founders Gary Lightbody and Mark McClelland relocated to Scotland during their teenage years to attend college. While studying at the University of Dundee in 1994, they began composing music under several different band names, including Shrug and Polar Bear. The duo eventually adopted the Snow Patrol moniker and enlisted Jonny Quinn to play drums in 1997. One year later, Snow Patrol signed with Jeepster Records, a small label based in London, and released the debut effort Songs for Polar Bears.

Snow Patrol's audience was modestly growing, and the trio relocated to Glasgow upon graduation. Their second full-length album, When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up, was released in April 2001. Jeepster dropped the band from its roster that same year, however, prompting Lightbody to blow off steam by forming the Reindeer Section, a Scottish supergroup featuring members of Mogwai and Belle & Sebastian. He also continued writing songs for Snow Patrol, including a promising ballad entitled "Run." After guitarist Nathan Connolly joined the group in 2002, Snow Patrol signed a contract with Fiction Records and began recording a new album alongside producer Chris Lord-Alge. With the power ballad "Run" serving as its lead single, Final Straw became the band's breakthrough hit, spinning off four Top 40 singles in the U.K. and eventually selling more than four million copies worldwide.

Despite the band's growing success, founding member Mark McClelland left in March 2005, effectively downgrading Snow Patrol to a trio comprised of Lightbody, Quinn, and Connolly. Shortly thereafter, former Terra Diablo bass player Paul Wilson and touring keyboardist Tom Simpson were permanently added to the lineup, and the group honed its expanded sound by opening shows on the European leg of U2's Vertigo Tour. Upon the tour's completion, they returned to the studio and created the slickly commercial Eyes Open, which was released worldwide in May 2006. One year later, with a successful run through North America under their belt and an enduring single, "Chasing Cars," maintaining their presence on the radio, Eyes Open was certified gold in the United States. It later rose to platinum status, becoming the band's most successful release in America. Snow Patrol also became the first U.K. rock act in 13 years to break into the Top Five of the Billboard singles charts, a feat they sought to revisit with the release of 2008's A Hundred Million Suns.

Led by the single "Take Back the City," A Hundred Million Suns featured an emphasis on positive, romantic lyrics, something that Gary Lightbody had pointedly shunned in the past. The band joined U2 on the road once again, this time playing stadiums in Europe and America during the summer of 2009. Rather than record another album after the tour, however, they chose to release the comprehensive Up to Now, a compilation spanning Snow Patrol's 15-year history. Lightbody and Simpson also teamed up to compile a mix album, LateNightTales, which featured the band's own take on INXS' "New Sensation." Lightbody admitted to a frustrating bout of writer's block before embarking on the group's sixth studio album, 2011's Fallen Empires. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: Called Out In The Dark (Single)

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Track List: Just Say Yes (Radio Single)

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Track List: New York (Single)

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Track List: The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?) (Single)

Comments

Called Out in the Dark=amazing .
If you are reading this, then if you don't post this on 3 other songs,nobody will like you. If you do, then make a new Imagine Dragons station and your girlfriend will ask you out
luv this song
crafterjg
I love this song!!! Wish I had someone that loved me that way! YES!!!!
YES, I will <3
I really really like (run) from snow patrol
I love the song chancing cars it's a really good song love u guys hope u do good in life
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rmvarga0
Funny, eyes wide open today. Car keys are all missing though...
Follow for follow (Read my bio please)
i love chasing Cars
Follow for a follow
ericmountain 1 2
Love chasing cars
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Pick a school day
Say your name
Post this on fifteen more songs and on the day you said it you will be asked out by your crush
Awesome
barefootonth e m o o n 4 2
Such a Great Song. Love the Ice Sculptures. :)
Chasing Cars is one of my favorite favorite songs XD
maeflower024
Yeahh I'm going to lay out in the middle of the street! Sorry feeling this way! I will pull thru somehow! Don't know who u r to just lay next to u;(
Kiss your left hand
Say yourcrushes name
Close your name
Pick a school day
Say your name
Post this song on fifteen more songs and on the day you said you will be asked out by your crush
Great song!!!
Lay*
If I lie here
klae2001
So will you have sex with me and my frinds
If I lay here,will you lay with me and just forget the world
I will follow you. Anywhere.
bellaquizzle
I hat sad songs but I can put up with it em (em meads ever mind )btw :() loud words yup
LOVE IT ❤
I love this song :3
Fukit
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Bioyn
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Aww why am I in the mood for sad songs, probably cuz they're addicting <3 :)
Love it the first time I heard it was in One Tree Hill n I loved it since then♡
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this song! If I could I would sit and stare at the stars each & every night with this song playing in the background….
Say I phone 5 times
Say a color
Post this on 5 different songs
Look under your pillows
Kiss ur hand say ur crud hes name post this two times then look at ur hand
You betcha. I would love to just lay there and forget the world.
Chasing Cars : I LOVE THIS SONG for special reasons.
731103081
<3 Snow Patrol.
Love
svega69715
remindsmeofa s p e c i a l l i l l a d y ! ! !
love
Say I phone 5 times
Say a color
Post this on 5 different songs
Look under your pillows

Makes me want to fall asleep.
Snow Patrol is my favorite!
All their songs sing nothing about what the name is
This song sends me such sweet sorrow :-) :-) very soft..light. .
Wow! So infectious. Lyrically speaking, they utilize psychology and emotionally charged energy. Regarding presentation of their craft, amazing. They have that ability grab your heart and tear at it without "raising their voice".
edmoeduardo
AalexA
Kiss ur hand 10 times say ur crushes name and the post this on two other songs
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