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11 Oct

Snow Patrol’s New Album ‘Fallen Empires,’ Set for January 10th Release


Late Show with David Letterman appearance confirmed for January 9th

Album collaborators include Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens Of The Stone Age (on “Called Out in the Dark”), R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and L.A. singer-songwriter Lissie

(October 11, 2011 – New York, NY) Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated UK band Snow Patrol has set January 10th as the official release date for their new [sixth] studio album FALLEN EMPIRES, it was announced today. At the same time, it was confirmed that Snow Patrol will perform Monday, January 9th on CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman.

Anticipation is building for FALLEN EMPIRES, the band’s first new studio album in more than three years. The first advance single, “Called Out in the Dark” (with a guitar part from guest Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens Of The Stone Age) becomes Snow Patrol’s ninth record to hit Top 10 at Triple-A (AAA) radio formats in the U.S. this week. Check out the video for “Called Out in the Dark” on YouTube.

With a history of 11 million album sales and hit singles around the world, the Glasgow-based, Irish-Scottish Snow Patrol – singer Gary Lightbody, guitarist Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson, drummer Jonny Quinn, and keyboardist Tom Simpson – settled into California for the writing and recording of FALLEN EMPIRES. Work began late-2010 out in the Mojave Desert at Joshua Tree’s Rancho De La Luna Studios, then moved to a beachfront house in Santa Monica known as Eagles Watch. Backing vocals on one track were drawn from the south central L.A. Inner City Mass Gospel Choir of Compton. Finally, the band hunkered down at long-time collaborator Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee’s hacienda in Topanga Canyon, a former hippy commune that was once home to Woody Guthrie and Neil Young. In addition to Van Leeuwen, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe provided lyrical support, and eclectic Los Angeles singer-songwriter Lissie contributed vocals to four tracks.

The results are “simply their best record to date,” according to inside reports, an album that takes its cues from LCD Soundsystem’s The Sound Of Silver, U2’s Achtung Baby, and Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. Highlights of FALLEN EMPIRES include “New York” (which feels like a festival moment-in-waiting), and “The Garden Rules,” a soundtrack to autumnal romance, written about Gary’s childhood. “I’ll Never Let Go” (featuring the gospel choir) boldly takes the band into electro-dance club mode.

“We wanted to make a massively ambitious record,” says Gary, “a record unlike any other we’ve made before… We started writing songs that were more playful, even rawer than before – we were brave enough to do what we wanted as a band, rather than what convention dictated to us. It was tough at times, we were out of our comfort zone for most of it, but I think it’s given us a great album.”

After two UK-only album releases on the indie Jeepster label – Songs For Polarbears in 1998, and When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up in 2001, Snow Patrol finally broke through to global audiences over the course of their next three albums, released on the Fiction/Interscope/A&M label in the U.S. 2003’s Final Straw spun off the massive #5 UK single “Run,” which had the distinction of being covered by Leona Lewis and other UK artists. Final Straw was certified RIAA gold in the U.S.; 5-times platinum in the UK (where it hit #3); and 6-times platinum in Ireland (where it hit #1).

Snow Patrol’s next album, Eyes Open (2006) did even better, powered by a career-defining worldwide Top 10 single and video, “Chasing Cars,” nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Rock Song. The album was certified RIAA platinum in the U.S. (where it hit the Top 30), and 7-times platinum in both the UK and Ireland (hitting #1 in both territories). Snow Patrol kept up their multi-platinum pace with 2008’s A Hundred Million Suns, another Top 10 album worldwide, containing the hit single and video, “Take Back the City.”

FALLEN EMPIRES establishes Snow Patrol as a band big on experimental ideas as well as stadium sized anthems. “I’ve always wanted to make an album that could rank with the ones that inspire me,” Gary says, “and hopefully this one will. I’m really proud of this album. Listening to it thrills me and that is a beautiful thing indeed.”