Although frontman Gary Lightbody, and several other band members, are from Northern Ireland, Snow Patrol is based in Glasgow, Scotland. Emerging at the end of the 90s, their first two albums pursued a laid-back, lo-fi indie theme. Lightbody then took time out to pursue his side-project, the Reindeer Section. On his return, the band took a far more commercial direction, mixing anthemic pop melodies, crowd-pleasing ballads, and moments of high-energy rock. Their debut album, Songs For Polarbears, released in 1998, had owed much of its polish to DJ and keyboard player Tom Simpson, who then became an official member of the band, but it was the band’s 2003 album Final Straw, their first for Polydor Records, that provided the band with their mainstream success. This album spawned such successful anthemic singles as Somewhere A Clock Is Ticking. As this breakthrough album held its position high in the UK charts, it became the band’s opening into the American market. Snow Patrol spent much of 2008 recording and touring in the UK, Ireland, Europe and South Africa with their latest album, A Hundred Million Suns to which Martha Wainwright contributed on the track, Set The Fire To The Third Bar. The band also supported Coldplay and U2 on European tours in 2008, and released their sixth album, Fallen Empires, in 2011.
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