There’s little disguising the size of Snow Patrol. Hailing from Northern Ireland and formed at university in Dundee, the band have sold more than 11m albums. Now releasing their sixth studio album, Fallen Empires, the band have reached a point attained by few others these days.
Never mind, then, that some think them boring, or aren’t enamoured of mega-hits such as Run or Chasing Cars. “I’m aware they’re like nails down blackboard to some people,” Gary Lightbody tells Rob Fitzpatrick in an interview to be published in this Friday’s Film&Music section. “I do want to connect with people, even if I’m writing a really personal thing. Part of me must want my songs to be universal.”
Last month, the band filmed performances of three songs from Fallen Empires – New York, The Garden Rules, and Called Out in the Dark – at RAK studios in London, and you can watch them here, exclusively.
Reviewing the album, Dave Simpson said it marks a more experimental direction for the band, albeit “within the context of arena rock”. See what you think.
Read the article and watch the videos at guardian.co.uk.