Hailing from Northern Ireland, Snow Patrol is a band that graces the ears with soft, poignant songs that stick with you for a long time after. Coming together in around 1994 in Scotland, where frontman Gary Lightbody and two former members went to college, the band was originally known as Polarbear. Since its founding, the band has undergone many changes, including a name swap and a lineup change. Currently, Snow Patrol works out of Northern Ireland and is made up of the following members: Paul Wilson, Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn, Nathan Connolly and Tom Simpson. The band loves to entertain its fans during its live shows as Lightbody is known for engaging in friendly banter and engagement with the audience throughout Snow Patrol shows.
A Rocky Path to Success
Snow Patrol came from humble beginnings. The band performed gigs at local pubs but wasn't well-received by listeners in spite of the critics' praise for the artistry of Snow Patrol. After bouncing from label to label looking for commercial success, the Northern Irish boys finally started to gain recognition with the album Eyes Open, which was released just over 10 years after the band formed. The album also contains the groundbreaking single "Chasing Cars," which is the most widely played song of the 21st century on UK radio. Before long, Snow Patrol began touring internationally and making a name for itself as a band that pleased the ears and tugged on the heartstrings of fans. It is now one of the most well-known and well-loved bands to come out of Northern Ireland.
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What are some of Snow Patrol's most popular albums?
Eyes Open is the album that really put Snow Patrol on the map, so it's one that is necessary to know and listen to before seeing the band live. Fallen Empires shows just how far the band has come and the extent to which it has refined its sound and artistry. If there are any albums that newer fans will want to be sure they listen to and know well, these are the ones that can't be overlooked.
What are some of the songs Snow Patrol performs at their shows?
"Chocolate," "Just Say Yes," "Run," Take Back the City," "Chasing Cars," "The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?)," "Shut Your Eyes" and "Open Your Eyes" are some of the most frequently played songs at any given Snow Patrol concert. Fans can expect to hear songs from the earlier albums as well as newer work as the band enjoys mixing up their setlist and not just playing the more recent songs. Guests who attend the band's shows can expect a high level of audience participation and a night of mind-blowing music.
Who are some of Snow Patrol's influences?
Gary Lightbody has said the band is influenced largely by Nirvana and the Irish superpower group U2.
Has Snow Patrol been nominated for any awards?
Snow Patrol has been nominated for a number of different awards since 1994. Its hit song "Chasing Cars" was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. The band has won two Hot Press awards, seven Meteor Music Awards and seven BMI Awards. Snow Patrol also won five IFPI Platinum Europe Awards between 2004 and 2009.
What are some artists and bands who are similar to Snow Patrol?