Snow Patrol are a post Brit-pop, alternative band from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. The band consists of singer Gary Lightbody, guitarist Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson, drummer Jonny Quinn and keyboardist, Tom Simpson. Previous members were former bassist Mark McClelland and Michael Morrison.
Snow Patrol have sold over 11 million albums and have received numerous accolades including nominations for the Mercury Music Prize, Q Award for Q Classic Song Award (Chasing Cars) and an Ivor Noello for Final Straw in 2005.
The band had some success with their debut album Songs for Polarbears, which was released on the Scottish label Jeepster, but it was a controversial move by their record label to drop them after their second album When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up, which forced the band to re-think their plans.
It was with Snow Patrol’s next record label Polydor that the success finally came. The album Final Straw (released 4th August 2003) contained the hit “Run” and reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart and the album peaked at number 3 in the UK Album Charts.
Snow Patrol’s fame and notoriety quickly grew. Warming up for U2 on their Vertigo Tour and also performing at Live8, the band went onto experience the type of fame they had aspired to which in turn added more pressure on the band. This resulted in the bassist at the time (Mark McClelland), leaving the band and being replaced by Paul Wilson.
By 2006, Snow Patrol were reaching the pinnacle of their career and produced their next album Eyes Open in December of that year which was a hit across the UK and the U.S.A. "You're All I Have", “Chasing Cars” and “Hands Open” proved highly successful and their music appeared in the TV series Grey’s Anatomy and their single "Open Your Eyes" in American hospital drama ER. The band produced their 5th album in 2008, A Hundred Million Suns, and followed it up with the Taking Back the Cities Tour across the UK and Ireland.
Snow Patrol tickets for the Belfast Odyssey Arena proved extremely popular and the band performed to over 9,000 fans. Snow Patrols’ new album Fallen Empires was released 14th November 2011 and takes a new direction for the band. Based on the band’s road-trip across the U.S.A, the album infuses electro with rock and is inspired by the band’s experiences in America.