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Left to right: Paul Wilson, Nathan Connolly, Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn and Johnny McDaid
"All this feels strange and untrue
And I won't waste a minute without you"
— "Open Your Eyes"
Snow Patrol is an Alternative Rock band from Northern Ireland, formed in 1994. Originally conceived as a trio called Polarbear, the band has since expanded over time into a quintet, with vocalist/guitarist Gary Lightbody being the only remaining original member.
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After releasing two independent albums through Jeepster Records, the band saw moderate success in the United Kingdom with the 2003 album Final Straw, with notable singles such as "Run", "Chocolate" and "Spitting Games". The band saw further worldwide success in the mid-2000s with its follow-up Eyes Open, with "Chasing Cars" being their most notable hit thanks to its exposure through Grey's Anatomy. Since then, the band have released three more albums, with their latest album Wildness being released in 2018.

Even though they started as a rock-oriented band early on, the band is mostly known for emotional alternative pop rock songs akin to bands like Coldplay and Death Cab for Cutie, due to them having commercial success in an era filled with similar bands. Despite that, the band was still able to stand out by being more earnest than some of their contemporaries and gather a huge fanbase that follows them to this day.

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Members:

  • Gary Lightbody: Guitar, vocals (1994-present)
  • Jonny Quinn: Drums (1996-present)
  • Nathan Connolly: Guitar, backing vocals (2002-present)
  • Paul Wilson: Bass guitar, backing vocals (2005-present)
  • Johnny McDaid: Guitar, piano, keyboards/synths, backing vocals (2011-present)

Former members:

  • Tom Simpson: Keyboards (2005-2013)
  • Mark McClelland: Bass guitar (1994-2005)
  • Michael Morrison: Drums (1994-1996)

Discography:

  • Songs for Polarbears (1999)
  • When It's all Over We Still Have To Clear Up (2001)
  • Final Straw (2003)
  • Eyes Open (2006)note 
  • A Hundred Million Suns (2008)
  • Fallen Empires (2011)
  • Wildness (2018)
  • Reworked (2019)

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Examples:

  • Album Title Drop:
    • Final Straw: "Chocolate"
    • Eyes Open: Twice, sort of: "Hands Open" and "Open Your Eyes".
    • A Hundred Million Suns: "The Planets Bend Between Us"
    • Wildness: "Life on Earth" and "Heal Me"
  • Awesome McCoolname: Gary Lightbody. Fuck yeah.
  • Break Up Song: Both Final Straw and Eyes Open deal with the topic of breaking up.
  • Call-and-Response Song: “Shut Your Eyes”
  • Call-Back: The song "Time Won't Go Slowly" have this line "And empires could fall away and cities razed," referencing their sixth album Fallen Empires and one of the band's earliest songs "Raze the City" from Songs for Polarbears respectively.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: The premise of the video for "New York".
  • Epic Rocking: A Hundred Million Suns closer, "The Lightning Strike", which includes three different sections a la Fading into the Next Song on the track itself, clocks in total around sixteen minutes.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The entire band are examples of this.
  • Happy Place: "Shut Your Eyes" advises having one.
  • Intercourse with You: "Safety" and "Make Love to Me Forever".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "You’re All I Have" is pretty upbeat but the lyrics are just as desperate as the title suggests.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: They range from 1 to 5, although their earliest material edges up to at least a 7.
  • Non-Appearing Title: Every album has at least one.
    • Songs for Polarbears: "Get Balsamic Vinegar... Quick You Fool"
    • When It's All Over We Still Have To Clear Up: "Olive Grove Facing the Sea"
    • Final Straw: "How to be Dead", "Wow", "Spitting Games", "Chocolate", "Somewhere a Clock is Ticking"
    • Eyes Open: "Make This Go On Forever", "Headlights On Dark Roads"
    • A Hundred Million Suns: "If There's a Rocket, Tie Me to It", "Disaster Button"
    • Fallen Empires: "Life-ning", "The President"
    • Wildness: "Empress", "Life and Death"
  • Perishing Alt-Rock Voice: Gary's vocals generally lean into this. It is more noticeable in the early albums and Wildness.
  • Precision F-Strike: “Don’t Give In” and “Life On Earth”.
  • Re Arrange The Song: The Reworked compilation features more acoustic and atmospheric renditions of their previous songs. They also tend to do this live in the Reworked Tour, though, with more orchestral arrangements.
  • Shout-Out: "Hands Open" mentions Sufjan Stevens and his song "Chicago".
  • Title Track: Fallen Empires.
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