Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Going {on the} Record

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Going {on the} Record

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Byline: NICK MILLIGAN

SNOW Patrol are back in Australia for the V Festival in March just months after coming here for a one-off show in Sydney. The reason for that whirlwind trip? The Irish group had made a fifth studio album called A Hundred Million Suns, that consolidated their spacious, yet tightly coiled melodic rock.

Their genial singer, Gary Lightbody, has said that Snow Patrol actually enjoyed the recording process for the very first time. Their guitarist, Nathan Connolly, confirms.

"We were more confident, perhaps," says Connolly. "That was a big factor.

"It's not that we didn't like the studio, but I think we felt a bit more comfortable.

"Now we're more aware of what it entails and we're much better musicians."

How might their third album, Final Straw, have sounded with their modern recording knowledge? "There's always things you want to improve.

"There's a few songs (on Final Straw) that perhaps shouldn't have made the record, but it was five years ago.

"A lot has happened since then - it was the best that we could make at that time. We haven't made the same record again," says Connolly.

Despite the gargantuan success of their fourth record Eyes Open, which has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide, Snow Patrol were never tempted to write a carbon copy of their breakthrough single Chasing Cars.

"We've never been poked or prodded by a record label, or tilted toward a certain genre or style. We weren't afraid to be more experimental and make an album with our heart and our heads," says Connolly.

Their latest record, A Hundred Millions Suns, ends with an epic 16-minute track called The Lightning Strike, that contains three phases (What If This Storm Ends?, Sunlight Through The Flags, and Daybreak). It's the hallmark of a band with ambition, but also a lack of thought for translating their studio work to a live setting. …

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