The patrol returns after the writer’s block struggle

Find out where Snow Patrol fits into the world of music after a break of seven years will be a challenge, frontman Gary lightbody has said.

They released their latest album, Fallen Empires, in 2011, with the new version #7 due out in May of 2018.

“The way we listen to music, see, buy – everything has changed,” said the 41-year-old singer.

“But I’m more sure than I’ve been in my life that this album is incredible.”

In a wide-ranging interview with BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday News programme, the body of light, who is originally from Bangor, County Down, also revealed that he faces another battle with writer’s block during the making of the album.
‘Inconsolable’

“I had four years of writer’s block on this, was only six months in the Fallen Empires of what seems to be getting worse,” he said, explaining how he feel like he was useless.

“There’s a lot of depression that is connected to it as well, because you feel like: “maybe the only gift that has abandoned me”, and is inconsolable, really.”

The body of light said that it came through the fight by taking the advice of his fellow musicians and friends to “just keep writing, even if jibberish”.

“I don’t want someone to see the piles of notebooks in my house that I had to write to get to the good stuff,” he joked.

With the new album comes the prospect of Snow Patrol getting back on the road, touring.Belfast concert date?

The light body remained tight-lipped on the finer details, but told the BBC, NOR that once the album is released, the first step will be to announce a date for the trip to Belfast – so watch this space.

While no one can doubt the Northern ireland band the incredible success of the past 15 years, the body of light has big plans for the future.

“You have to make new dreams for yourself as you go along. It is not that I am not satisfied, but I am ambitious,” he admitted.

“I think that’s a side of me that I had not quite allowed to be there. As a Northern ireland person that we are not good at selling ourselves, but I’m trying to be more confident about what I want.

Press The Eyes

“I would love Snow Patrol that the owners of the stadiums. We have been away for a long time, so you would need two or three great records in a row, but who can say what happens.”

The question of whether there is a Car chase-style anthem to look forward to in #7, the answer was a clear “no”, but the body of light he recognized the importance of the song to help raise Snow Patrol’s profile.

“I’m very proud of that song, it gave us a lot, but I don’t think that is possible.

“The music has changed from that point on, the great hymn of the guitar of the song has been done to death.”

While we won’t know the verdict on the new album a couple of months, however, the body of light has high expectations for him.

“I don’t want to sound trite and say that it is the best album that I’ve done, but I’m very proud of it, I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

This interview was broadcast Sunday on The News on BBC Radio Ulster on Sunday, January 7th at 13:00 GMT. You can listen again here or in the BBC iPlayer radio app.