It’s been close to 18 years since Snow Patrol graced us all with their presence. After a decade of attempting to break into the music industry, the band finally did so in 2004 with their third album, Final Straw. The album eventually went platinum five times in the UK.
This must have been a massive feat for the boys who formed the band back when they were still at the University of Dundee (that’s in Scotland) and were struggling to make ends meet with the failure of their first two albums. Lead singer, Gary Lightbody, even had to sell his extensive vinyl record collection to ensure that the band stayed afloat.
Despite all the hardships they had to encounter, Snow Patrol persevered and gave us all Eyes Open, the album that featured what remains to be their most popular song to date, Chasing Cars. Eyes Open practically catapulted Gary and the boys to major success. Chasing Cars was even featured on the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy and was named the most played song of the decade by the UK music licensing company, PLL.
Following that success, Snow Patrol released their fifth and sixth album (a compilation album) titled A Hundred Million Suns and Up To Now respectively.
Finally, in 2011, they released Fallen Empires (probably my favourite album from them!) and with it, the infectious lead single, Called Out In The Dark.
I was 12 when I first heard Hands Open by the band. I was completely smitten by Gary’s resounding vocals and obviously; the band’s unique name was pretty interesting to me. Over the years, Snow Patrol became the band that I relied on to get me through both good and bad times. It’s hard to explain just how amazingly talented I think they are-from their ability to write lyrics that touch the inner emotions of the human heart to how they never fail to simply amaze me with the meanings behind their songs- Snow Patrol is undoubtedly one of my favourite bands and I strongly believe that they have what it takes to join the ranks of multi-award winning British band Coldplay, when it comes to status in the music industry.
Even Nikki Sixx, of Mötley Crüe, has expressed how much he loves Snow Patrol. “I’m an artist and I love Snow Patrol.” If you don’t think that’s sufficient enough, U2’s lead singer, Bono, has said how much he admires the band and even requested for them to be the supporting act for U2 on their 360º tour!
For all the hardships and sacrifices they have made, Snow Patrol is truly an inspirational band. This August, Snow Patrol will finally make their way to Singapore as part of their Fallen Empires tour. Be sure to be a part of their journey and support them at Fort Canning Park this August 6! :)
In the meantime, here's a playlist I compiled of my favourite Snow Patrol tracks!