Snow Patrol still wears its heart on its sleeve
If not for Grey’s Anatomy, Snow Patrol might never have gotten far beyond crashing on fans’ floors and performing in the back rooms of strip clubs, as the indie rock band from Northern Ireland did in its early days. But when the medical drama picked up Snow Patrol song “Counting Cars” to use in its second-season finale, the band was catapulted to worldwide success, and they’ve been scoring glossy pop-rock hits ever since (as well as continuing to soundtrack multiple Grey’s Anatomy episodes).
After “Chasing Cars,” Snow Patrol kept the hits coming, including “Take Back the City,” “Crack the Shutters,” “Just Say Yes” and “Called Out in the Dark.” The band’s 2018 album Wildness came after a long hiatus, during which time lead singer Gary Lightbody struggled with addiction and writer’s block. “It was five years of trying to get my life sorted and then six months of studio time making the record and 18 months of trying to write it with a clearer head,” he told Metro in April. The effort has paid off, with recent radio hits “Don’t Give In” and “Empress,” and a renewed sense of purpose for the band that has always worn its heart on its sleeve.
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