Snow Patrol Writing Block

Lightbody struggled with last album

Northern Irish indie giants Snow Patrol struggled with their last album, with singer Gary Lightbody admitting he suffered from writer’s block.

Snow Patrol spent years working in the wilderness before hitting it big. As difficult as it is to believe now, Snow Patrol were once a cultish obscurity sharing stages and labels with the likes of Belle & Sebastian.

However after the success of their single ‘Run’ and its parent album ‘Final Straw’ the band have been catapulted into a world of arena tours and gold discs. A recent hometown show in Belfast saw the entire Northern Irish football attend, alongside about seven thousand other fans.

A swift as their sudden ascent has been, it has not come without its price. Speaking to The Mirror singer Gary Lightbody reveals that the band’s last album ‘A Hundred Million Suns’ was the result of some fraught songwriting sessions.

He said: “There were so many lines with big penstrokes through in my notebook.”

“On previous records, I focused on what I did wrong, or what went wrong, rather than all the wonderful things that go into creating a relationship in the first place. So this time round I had to force myself to create something about being in love that didn’t resort to cliché.”

Continuing Lightbody claimed the album was “honest”. “It wasn’t as natural for me but all the things that happen on the album have happened to me so it’s certainly honest.”

The songwriter also revealed that Snow Patrol are set to work with Jacknife Lee on their forthcoming sixth album. “(He) feels like a brother and we were his first band. We will always have a unique relationship so there’s no point in working with anyone else.”

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