Snow Patrol’s Jonny Quinn has admitted that he feared the band could be finished.
The NI rockers have returned the limelight and are just a few weeks away from releasing their first album since 2011.
‘Wildness’ comes out on May 25 and singles ‘Don’t Give In’ and ‘Life On Earth’ have brought the band right back where they left off all those years ago.
Jonny said: “There was a point that we thought we might not ever be playing again so I’m just relieved.
“With Gary’s writer’s block, for that length of time, I thought he might never do this again.
“After five years I was thinking – right this is looking a bit dodgy. I didn’t think he’d want to pull out the old stuff and do a tour of ‘Eyes Open’ or ‘Final Straw’ type thing. I know we needed new material.
“There were definitely some doubts so I’m just relieved to be doing it again.”
Snow Patrol are already back on the road and small Irish dates include the Millennium Forum in Derry on Friday, May 11 and Belfast’s Ulster Hall on May 20.
Their last album was Fallen Empires in 2011 and that gap between releases brings its own pressure.
“You hope that it’s well received but you just don’t know,” Bangor-born Quinn said.
“You make the record that is the best record that you can make at the time and it’s sort of like handing your homework in.. you just don’t know what you’re going to get.
“We love the record, we think it’s brilliant. But we always think that every record is the best. I think it’s been really well received so far, the people that we trust love it and they think that it’s the best thing that we’ve done in a long time.
“It feels pretty fresh. It doesn’t sound like we’ve repeated ourselves in anyway. I think Gary is sounding the best that he’s every sounded. Lyrically it’s some of the best writing that he’s every done.
“But at the same time you don’t know how it will be received and you just hope for the best.”
He added: “Things have moved on in so many ways in terms of social media, Spotify, streaming, the whole landscape has changed so much. We just don’t know if radio is going to play it – you don’t know where it’s going to fit any more.”
Regardless of where it fits, fans of the band won’t be disappointed with the new record, which is packed full of the catchy melodies and big choruses that they have come to expect from the band.
2018 may be something of a re-introduction for the band but big ambitions remain – including a major homecoming gig in 2019.
Jonny said: “I would like to play Wembley Stadium. There was a point when we could have. I don’t know if we ever will.. but there are definitely goals there. Madison Square Garden, too. “The band is getting bigger in South America. While we’ve been away we’ve been building an audience in places.
“We will be doing the Odyssey [this year] but we’ll put those dates out next month.
“Then we’re hoping to do Ward Park in Summer 2019.”
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