Having permeated radio stations and TV shows for over a decade, Snow Patrol is pretty much a household name. If you were alive pre-2010 it’s almost guaranteed that you know songs like ‘Chasing Cars’ and ‘Open Your Eyes’, but how much do you know about the band behind these hits?
They’ve been around since 1994
The band was first formed during their time in university in 1994. That means that Snow Patrol have been around for 24 years. That’s longer than both of the Jenner and Hadid sisters; now I’m really showing my age.
They were originally called Shrug
. . . and then Polarbear.
There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of information about the background of these band names. It seems that both of these changes were due to naming conflicts with other bands. Turns out that Jane’s Addiction’s ex-bassist named his band Polar Bear. And so, keeping with the arctic theme, Snow Patrol was born.
They’ve had eight different band members in total
Eight is a lucky number in some cultures, and it seems to be the case for Snow Patrol as well. I suppose 24 years is a long time for someone to remain in one band, which is likely why frontman Gary Lightbody is the only remaining original member.
They’re probably one of the only bands to use the word ‘yogurt’ in a recording title
During their early Shrug days, they released their first EP titled ‘The Yogurt vs Yogurt Debate’. But what about spelling? Is it yogurt? Yoghurt? Yogourt? It’s quite the debate indeed. Whilst still named Polarbear, their first studio album was titled ‘Songs for Polarbears’.
They’re Irish (except for one member)
And to make matters slightly more confusing they were originally formed in Scotland, which is where the one non-Irish member is from. Perhaps this is common knowledge but everyone I’ve asked seemed to assume that they were American. This is likely the result of their songs being prominently featured on American television hits like Grey’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill.
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