Snow Patrol were busy working on their new album until frontman Gary Lightbody stalled with a bout of writers block. Their last album Up To Now was released back in 2009 and the band have been in California recording, or trying to record new material.
In an interview with Q magazine, Lightbody comments about his stalled creativity by saying, “I couldn’t even write my name on a cheque. It was that bad at the time”
However, a chance encounter at the recording studio with R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe helped pull Snow Patrol’s songwriter out of a funk.
“Michael just made a few suggestions here and there. On a track called ‘New York’ there was a line, ‘Your face has never left me.’ He said, ‘That sounds like you’ve got a girl’s head in your bag.’ So we changed that.”
Conjuring back memories of the first ever song Lightbody played live, the R.E.M tune called Find the River, and the little help from Stipe himself has put Snow Patrol back on track with the new album. The band are currently working on the string arrangements with composer Owen Pallett, known for his work with Arcade Fire, The National and Grizzly Bear to name a few.
Hopefully we will see some new material from the band really soon, until then check out their track Just Say Yes taken from the 2009 album Up To Now.
Snow Patrol – Just Say Yes