Snow Patrol hit the BMI London Awards earlier this month, where they picked up a BMI Million-Air Award in honour of the amount of radio plays from 2006 smash hit ‘Chasing Cars’. The band has been together more than two decades, but it seems the relationship between the five members has never been truly tested.
The BMI London Awards took place at London’s Dorchester Hotel on October 9th 2016, and saw Sting honoured with the coveted BMI Icon Award. Snow Patrol were also honoured alongside other BMI Million-Air Award winners including Sir Paul McCartney, Ray Davies, Howard Jones and Elton John. Snow Patrol were quizzed on the red carpet about how they deal with each others bad habits and ‘pet hates’.
‘We haven’t been on tour together for five years so there’s no pet hates anymore’, said frontman Gary Lightbody. ‘We’ve been together for 22 years. You come up against what feels sometimes like insurmountable brick walls but you get through them as long as you stick together.’
Hopefully we will see them on tour soon though, as they’re about to launch their seventh studio album in 2017, of which details are yet to be announced. There last album release was 2011’s ‘Fallen Empires’, which reached number three in the UK charts and number five in the US. It featured the Meteor Choice Music Prize shortlisted single ‘Called Out in the Dark’.
So what have the band been up to since their last album release? Guitarist Nathan Connolly played alongside Feeder live at the Isle Of Wight festival earlier this year, while Johnny McDaid joined Ed Sheeran in the writing process for the latter’s second album ‘X’, co-writing seven songs including ‘Photograph’ and ‘Tenerife Sea’. Gary Lightbody also helped write the track ‘Bloodstream’ with Rudimental. They didn’t help write ‘Thinking Out Loud’, however, which won the Song of the Year award at the BMIs this year.
See what the band had to say here.