Wednesday 16 January 2019

WATCH: Snow Patrol release new song and video 'Life on Earth' ahead of Irish tour dates

Gary Lightbody in Snow Patrol's new video for Life on Earth
Gary Lightbody in Snow Patrol's new video for Life on Earth
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Snow Patrol have just released the video for Life on Earth, a new song from their upcoming album Wildness, their first in seven years.

The music video was premiered today by British Astronaut Tim Peake and was shot at the European Space Agency in Holland.

It comes a day after the band performed their first live show together since August 2013 at London's Islington Assembly Hall.

They have already sold out performances in New York and LA in April and they will also tour the UK and Ireland in May.  See full list of tour dates below.

Wildness is out on May 25th and they previously released the lead single Don't Give In.  Snow Patrol will release a special limited 10” of Don’t Give In backed with Life On Earth for Record Store Day on 21 April.

Gary Lightbody says of the album: “There are many types of wildness, but I think it can be distilled into two: the wildness of the modern age, all its confusion, illogic and alienation and a more ancient wildness. Something primal, alive and beautiful that speaks to our true connectivity, our passion, our love, our communion with nature and each other. This is the kind of wildness the album is centered around. The loss of it. Trying to reconnect with it. To remember it.”

He adds, “I think it’s the first record I’ve ever written that I haven’t just asked a bunch of questions. I actually tried to figure out why I was unhappy, why I feel out of place, why I’m afraid,” says Lightbody. “There’s nothing really to protect myself for-- it’s all in the album. I want to remember.” This impulse was partially inspired by Lightbody’s father, who is suffering from dementia. “I think the album is defined by memory in a lot of ways,” says Lightbody, “including my father’s loss of memory.”

“Seamus Heaney, my favorite poet of all time, said at 71 that he was only discovering what some of his poetry means, and this is coming from a Nobel Prize-winning poet. It’s a great testament to inspiration,” says Lightbody. “Sometimes it takes you five years to write the thing. Like now. And you know for sure when you finish an album like that, where you’ve poured over every detail and put every atom of yourself into it, everything makes sense and I bet you I’m never not proud of this record.”

Wildness Track Listing


01 Life On Earth

02 Don’t Give In

03 Heal Me

04 Empress

05 A Dark Switch

06 What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?

07 A Youth Written In Fire

08 Soon

09 Wild Horses

10 Life And Death


Snow Patrol Tour Dates


April 18 /// New York, NY /// Irving Plaza

April 25 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Fonda Theatre

May 11 /// Derry, UK  /// Millennium Forum

May 12 /// Cork, Ireland /// Opera House

May 14 /// Killarney, Ireland /// INEC

May 15 /// Dublin, Ireland /// Olympia Theater

May 16 /// Wexford, Ireland /// Opera House

May 18 /// Galway, Ireland /// Leisureland

May 20 /// Belfast, UK /// Ulster Hall

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