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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.

 

Originally formed in late 1994 by University of Dundee students Gary Lightbody, Michael Morrison and Mark McClelland as the Shrug, the band started by performing gigs at the university and surrounding pubs such as Lucifer's Mill. Their first EP was entitled the Yoghurt vs Yoghurt debate.

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.

Snow Patrol are a Northern Irish alternative rock band formed in 1994, consisting of Gary Lightbody (vocals, guitar), Nathan Connolly (guitar, backing vocals), Paul Wilson (bass guitar, backing vocals), Jonny Quinn (drums), and Johnny McDaid (piano, guitar, backing vocals). 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. The band 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, they released their first compilation album, Up to Now; and, in 2011, released their sixth studio album, Fallen Empires.

During the course of their career, Snow Patrol have won seven Meteor Ireland Music Awards and have been nominated for six Brit Awards. Since the release of Final Straw, the band has sold over 13 million albums worldwide.

Eyes Open was nominated for the category of Best British Album at the 2007 BRIT Awards.
Their song Signal Fire was used in Spider-Man 3.
Their album Eyes Open was the best selling album in the UK in 2006, selling 1.6 million copies.

The bands album Eyes Open has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Their album Eyes Open sold 36,191 copies in the U.S. in its first week.
In the United Kingdom their album Eyes Open, was #1 on their Top 200 Charts.
Bandmates Gary Lightbody and Mark McClelland were going to Dundee in Scotland.
All of the lyrics of their album Final Straw was written by Gary Lightbody.
On August 31, 1998 they released their first album Songs for Polarbears.
In 2006 they played a song called I Am An Astronaut on the charity album Colours Are Brighter.
In 2004, that released a DVD Live at Somerset House.
Their song was played at the end of the final episode of Big Brother UK Series 7.
In their song Hands Open the lyrics make a reference to American singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens.
Their song Hands Open peaked at number 21 on the Billboard US Modern Rock Chart.
Lead singer Gary Lightbody has a side project called The Reindeer Section.
The band was the last act to preform on the BBC music show Top of the Pops with Chasing Cars.
The band considers U2 as on of its biggest influences.
In 2003 they toured with Granddaddy in the UK.
Snow Patrol is an alternative rock band.
Snow Patrol was orginally called Polar Bear.
Snow Patrol are signed to Polydor records
Snow Patrol are an alternative rock band from Northern Ireland and Scotland.

 

 

 

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