Snow Patrol - from 1993 to 2018

Written by LN Team / May 17, 2018

Irish rock band Snow Patrol first formed in 1993, and in the 25 that followed their beginnings, the band have been through a lot. We’ve put together a brief recap of the most important parts of their career…

The band first formed in late 1993 while the members were all at University, and they began performing under various different names (Shrug and Polar Bear) before eventually settling on Snow Patrol.

They rolled out three albums over the next ten years (‘Songs for Polarbears’, ‘When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up’, and ‘Final Straw’), before they found their way to global fame in 2006 with ‘Chasing Cars’.

Originally not a single, after the song was used in the season finale of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ on May 15th, 2006, the song made its way onto the charts - and was re-recorded for release as a single.


The songs popularity saw recognition at the Grammy Awards, being nominated for Best Rock Song in 2007, as well as the Brit Awards, where it was nominated for Best British Single.

The subsequent album ‘Eyes Open’ became the UK's best-selling album of 2006, with 1.6 million in sales, and topped charts around the world. In Ireland, the band’s hometown, the album remained in the charts for over six months after the album’s release.

The next few years saw the band continue their momentum, with a new album ‘A Hundred Million Suns’ in 2008, and they toured supporting Coldplay on the Viva la Vida Tour and Oasis on select dates.

‘Fallen Empires’ in 2011 was the next release from the band, and saw songwriter John McDaid join the band on tour and eventually join the band (he’s written for the likes of Ed Sheeran, P!NK, and Robbie Williams) full-time.

After a greatest hits compilation of theirs was released in 2013, it would take the band five years until their next official album - which comes in the form of ‘Wildness’, set for release next week on May 25th.

Watch the ‘Empress’ music video below:

Snow Patrol are heading to Australia to play this August - find out more information by clicking the red button!


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