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Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol, альтернативная рок-группа с участниками из Северной Ирландии и Шотландии. Сформирована в Дании, в настоящее время они живут в Глазго, и стали популярны среди критиков и любителей, лауреаты музыкальной премии Ivor Novello Awards.

Три первые альбома группы, EP Starfighter, экспериментальный студийный альбом Songs for Polarbears, и When It’s All Over We Still Have to Clear Up, были коммерчески безуспешными и были выпущены под независимым лейблом Electric Honey (для своего первого альбома) и Jeepster (для второго и третьего). Когда группа перешла в крупный лейбл Polydor Records, они выпустили в 2003 году альбом Final Straw, который стал четыре раза платиновым в Великобритании. Это был первый успех группы. Песни «Run», «Chasing Cars» и «Signal Fire» стали хитами.

Мировую известность группа получила с выпуском в 2006 году альбома Eyes Open, который был растиражирован в количестве 4,7 миллиона экземпляров по всему миру.

S. P. были выдвинуты в трех номинациях BRIT Awards и выиграли пять Meteor Ireland Music Awards. По всему миру группа продала более 7 миллионов альбомов.

Студийные альбомы:

  • Songs for Polarbears (1998)

  • When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up (2001)

  • Final Straw (2003)

  • Eyes Open (2006)

  • A Hundred Million Suns (2008)

  • Up To Now (2009)

Участники (текущий состав):

  • Гэри Лайтбоди (Gary Lightbody) - основной вокал, ритм-гитара

  • Натан Конноли (Nathan Connolly) - соло-гитара, бэк-вокал

  • Пол Уилсон (Paul Wilson) - бас-гитара, бэк-вокал

  • Джонни Куинн (Jonny Quinn) - ударные, перкуссия

  • Том Симпсон (Tom Simpson) - клавишные

    Snow Patrol are an alternative rock band from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. Formed at the University of Dundee in 1994 as an indie rock band, the band is now based in Glasgow. The band's first three records, the EP Starfighter Pilot (1997), and the studio albums Songs for Polarbears (1998) and When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up (2001), were commercially unsuccessful and were released by the independent labels Electric Honey and Jeepster respectively. The band then signed on to the major record label Polydor Records in 2002.

    Snow Patrol rose to national fame with their major label debut, Final Straw, in 2003. The album was certified 5x platinum in the UK[3] and eventually sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Their next studio album, Eyes Open, (2006) and its hit single "Chasing Cars", propelled the band to greater international fame. The album topped the UK Album Charts and was the best-selling British album of the year, selling over 6 million copies worldwide. In 2008, the band released their fifth studio album A Hundred Million Suns and in 2009 their first compilation album, Up to Now.

    During the course of their career, Snow Patrol have won five Meteor Ireland Music Awards and have been nominated for three BRIT Awards. Since the release of Final Straw, the band have sold over ten million albums worldwide.

    The group is currently preparing themselves for the release of their sixth studio recording, entitled Fallen Empires, and a tour of the UK and Ireland in early 2012.

    Originally formed in late 1994 by University of Dundee students Gary Lightbody, Michael Morrison and Mark McClelland as the Shrug, the band started by performing gigs at the university and surrounding pubs such as Lucifer's Mill. Their first EP, called the "Yoghurt vs Yoghurt debate", was a rousing success. In 1995, they changed their name to Polar Bear (or Polarbear) to avoid issues with any American bands that were also named Shrug. Shortly afterwards, drummer Mike Morrison left the band after suffering a breakdown and returned to Northern Ireland. In mid 1997, Polar Bear released a three-track EP,Starfighter Pilot, on the Electric Honey label. The band again renamed, this time to Snow Patrol, because of a naming conflict with another band of the same name fronted by Jane's Addiction's ex-bassist Eric Avery. At this point, Jonny Quinn, from Northern Ireland, joined as permanent drummer.

     Snow Patrol joined Scottish independent label Jeepster in 1997, home of Belle & Sebastian. Jeepster had the same idea for Snow Patrol as the approach they had with Belle & Sebastian, who had become popular by word-of-mouth, and not heavy promotion. The band were happy to be associated with an indie label, because it provided them the independence. At that time, they felt all Jeepster records would work like that, and did not deem it necessary to have a work ethic or promotion behind them.

    Snow Patrol debut album was Songs for Polarbears, released in 1998 after the band had started living in Glasgow. Lightbody used to hold a job at the Nice n Sleazy's Bar in Sauchiehall Street. The album was a critical success, but did not make any impact commercially. The same year, the band came close to get featured in a worldwide advertisement for Philips. Gomez was ultimately signed. In 1999, the band won the "Phil Lynott Award for Best New Band" by Irish music magazine Hot Press. In 2001, still living in Glasgow, the band followed up with When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up. Like its predecessor, the album was praised by critics, but did not sell.

    Despite the record deal, the band was doing fantastically. They had started to work harder by touring more, but continued to be in control. They slept on fans' floors after concerts and pretended to be members of Belle & Sebastian to get into nightclubs. They owed rent to their landlords and used to receive regular visits and letters from them when on tour. After the failure of the second album, the band began to think what was going wrong. They realized that the label's lax attitude towards management and record promotion was harming their career, even though these were the qualities they had liked before. They realized that a lot of help was needed to succeed. The band's manager at the time was Danny McIntosh. Lightbody has described him as "the angriest man in pop: great, great man". He has said that he loved the band "with every atom in his body", and was never angry towards them. He has credited him with keeping the band together in those years. McIntosh had a gold colored splitter bus in which the band used to travel to play concerts.

     Jeepster dropped Snow Patrol in 2001, a decision that was criticized by Hot Press magazine as brainless. Then band manager Danny McIntosh compared the band's relation with the label to a marriage gone sour: "they gave us our big break, so we fell madly in love with them. Then the fighting and the arguing started and, well, let’s just say that both sides filed for divorce". By July 2001, many major labels had started showing interest in Snow Patrol, but the band were cash-strapped and had no record deal. Lightbody sold a major part of his record collection to raise money to keep the band going. Lightbody calls the time "miserable", but was confident of getting signed to another label quickly. However, the music scene in the United Kingdom had turned its attention to American bands and British bands were not getting signed. The band spent this time constantly writing songs. Lightbody, bored at this point, assembled The Reindeer Section, a Scottish supergroup, and found a record label to release the group's recordings. Quinn said that though the time was hard for everyone involved except for Nathan, the question of splitting up never arose. It was during this time the band wrote "Run" (which had been around since 2000) in a room on an acoustic guitar, which later became the band's breakthrough single. The band's "low point" came when they played a concert to 18 people at a popular strip club in High Wycombe. The show took place in a shoddy VIP area, and the management had to unscrew poles used by pole dancers in order to make space for the band to play. Quinn calls the show "horrendous". Desperate for attention, the band raised £200 to nominate themselves for a Mercury Prize, but failed to get shortlisted.

    In 2002, the band started to be managed and published by Jazz Summers of Big Life. Guitarist Nathan Connolly, previously of F.U.E.L. had been working in an HMV store room in Belfast at the time. Connolly and the band had a mutual friend, who introduced them to him. Connolly moved to Glasgow to join the band in the spring of 2002. His mother commented that he had been "kidnapped by rock stars". By 2002–2003, the band had started to lose faith of getting signed, and was considering getting jobs to raise money to finance the album themselves. During Lightbody and McClelland's years at the University of Dundee, they had been noticed by Richard Smernicki, a senior student. Through Richard, brother Paul too had come to know the band. Richard graduated in 1996, two years before Lightbody and McClelland, to become Polydor's Scottish A&R representative. Paul became Polydor's Press and Artist Development Manager andFiction's label manager. Later, Jim Chancellor, an A&R executive for Fiction, and fellow talent scout Alex Close approached the band in Glasgow to listen to their demos, and judged them on "the quality of the songs", according to Lightbody. However, Lightbody later contradicted himself, saying, at the time, he exasperatedly questioned Chancellor whether he will sign them. And he replied: "Yeah, I only came here to make sure you weren't dicks." The band then contemplated their future for a few months before eventually signing. Manager Summers too had a major part in getting the band signed.

    Initially the band were nervous about label's influence, worried they might push them around and make them do things they did not want to make money. Alarm bells sounded when Chancellor introduced them to producer Jacknife Lee, who despite having been a guitarist in 90s punk rock band Compulsion had no rock production experience at that point, being known at the time for his work with Basement Jaxx and Eminem.  Lee was chosen because Chancellor believed he would facilitate a move out of indie and into a more mainstream pop-rock sound. Although, during the first couple of weeks recording their third studio album the band struggled to adapt to a new direction, the collaboration ultimately proved a very successful one. Lee offered advice on how to both simplify their songs and augment them with other sounds such as strings, and Snow Patrol proved very receptive and credited producer Lee for truly helping the band and doing "an amazing job". According to Chancellor in an interview with HitQuarters, "Some bands tend to be more defensive about what goes on in the studio. Snow Patrol weren’t. They were very much like, "Yeah, we really want to be successful this time."

    Final Straw was released on 4 August 2003, under Black Lion, a subsidiary of Polydor Records. Its music was along the same lines as the band's first two albums, and no attempt was made to change the sound to something more radio-friendly. The album, along with "Run" (which debuted at #5 in the UK Singles Chart), gave the band their first taste of mainstream success. The record peaked at #3 in the UK Albums Chart. Archer's final date with the band was 27 September 2003 in the St Andrews Students' Association. They followed the success of "Run" up with three more singles from the album: "Chocolate", as well as a re-release of "Spitting Games", both reaching the top 30, and "How to Be Dead" reaching number 39.

    The release of Final Straw in the United States in 2004 saw the album sell more than 250,000 copies and become the 26th most popular album in the UK of that year. In mid-2005, during their tour to support Final Straw, the band toured with U2 as an opening act on U2's Vertigo Tour in Europe. The band then returned to the United States to continue touring in support of Final Straw. That summer also saw Snow Patrol playing a short set in London at the worldwide benefit concert Live 8. After finishing their opening act duties and extensive 2-year tour of Final Straw in late July, the band took a few weeks off and began writing and recording songs for a new album. Snow Patrol's new version of John Lennon's "Isolation" was released on 10 December 2005 as part of the Amnesty International campaign, Make Some Noise. The song was later issued on the 2007 John Lennon tribute album, Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.

    The band completed recording Eyes Open in December 2005, with Jacknife Lee returning for production, and this album was released on 28 April 2006 in Ireland, and the UK on 1 May 2006, with the first UK single "You're All I Have" having been released on 24 April 2006. The album was released in North America on 9 May. While "Hands Open" was the first American single, "Chasing Cars" pushed its way onto the download and pop charts after it was heard during an emotional scene of the second season finale of the television show Grey's Anatomy on 15 May 2006. Due to the song's surprise popularity, it was released as an overlapping single in early June and the video was re-recorded to include clips from the show. "Chasing Cars" was also nominated for 'Best Single' in the 2006 Grammys.

    On 30 July 2006, Snow Patrol appeared on the finale of the long-running BBC music show Top of the Pops, performing "Chasing Cars". The band was the last act to ever appear on the show.

    Snow Patrol's "Open Your Eyes" appeared on the season 12 finale of ER As well as the pilot episode of The Black Donnellys.

    Snow Patrol recorded a live session at Abbey Road Studios for Live from Abbey Road on 4 October 2006. The performance was included on an episode shared withMadeleine Peyroux and the Red Hot Chili Peppers and shown in the UK on Channel 4 and the US on the Sundance Channel.

    The band was forced to postpone a majority of the American Eyes Open tour after polyps were discovered on Lightbody's vocal cords, and failed to heal after initial postponement of three dates on the tour. Dates were rescheduled for August and September. The year would continue to be difficult on the band for the U.S. legs of their tours, as they were also forced to cancel two west coast festival appearances in mid-August due to the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S.-bound flights from the UK. Two band members made it to the U.S. while two were stuck in London. Subsequently, they all made it to the lone U.S. tour stop in Boston days later but failed to recover any of their luggage, forcing them to shop for clothes on Newbury St. that afternoon. Their gear arrived hours before show time, just in time for sound check. The band also had to cancel appearances in Germany and France after bassist Paul Wilson injured his left arm and shoulder.

    On 26 November 2006, Eyes Open had become the UK's best-selling album of the year, overtaking previous leader Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys. Despite very strong sales for Take That's comeback album Beautiful World, Eyes Open marginally earned the title of the UK's best-selling album of 2006, with 1.6 million in sales. The album reached platinum certification in the US as well, selling over 1,000,000 copies, and it maintained a spot in the upper quarter of the Billboard 200 list for over fifteen weeks, on the heels of the popularity of "Chasing Cars". The band also holds the distinction of having one of iTunes' top downloaded albums and songs of 2006. Ahead of the band's February tour, Eyes Open topped the Australian charts some eight months after its release on 22 January 2006. Back home in Ireland, Eyes Open became one of the best selling albums of all time, staying at the top of the charts from the end of 2006 to early–mid 2007, and remaining in the charts to the present.

    Snow Patrol appeared as the musical guest on the 17 March 2007 episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. They performed "You're All I Have" and "Chasing Cars". The band toured Japan in April, followed by European festival dates, Mexico, and the US in the summer. They ended their tour in Australia in September 2007.

    The band contributed the song "Signal Fire" to the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack, as well as the film. The song was the lead single from the soundtrack and was featured in the credits to the film.

    On 7 July 2007, the band performed at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London. Shortly after the band's performance, Simpson was arrested at RAF Northolt for missing a court date inGlasgow, having been charged with possession for cocaine.

    1 September 2007 saw Snow Patrol headlining a "home coming" mini-festival in Lightbody and Jonny Quinn's home town of Bangor, County Down. Around 30,000 people came to see the band.

    On 25 November 2007, Snow Patrol performed an acoustic session for the charity Mencap, in a small chapel in Islington. They were one of the main bands to take part in the project, called "Little Noise Sessions" which was curated by Jo Whiley.

    Chasing Cars was voted the song of the decade on Channel 4's programme 'The Song Of The Decade' which was broadcast on 28 December 2009.




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