Hometown: Northern Ireland
Originally formed as Shrug at the University of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland, Gary Lightbody, Michael Morrison, and Mark McClelland got their start by performing gigs at the university and local pubs. They recorded their first EP entitled, Yoghurt vs. Yoghurt Debate. This was funded by the DUSA Music Club and it was surprisingly successful. After the EP was released, the band changed its name to Polar Bear. The change, which came in 1995, led to the band moving back to Northern Ireland and losing their drummer, Mike Morrison. However, the band quickly gained Jonny Quinn as their permanent drummer. After the new addition, the band changed its name to Snow Patrol, resulting after a conflict with Jane's Addiction's ex-bassist, Eric Avery.
Snow Patrol produced two albums with Jeepster Records, but was soon dropped by the label due to commercial failure of their albums. After being dropped, the band joined Polydor Records and gained Nathan Connolly as a guitarist. In 2003, the group released Final Straw, which was very successful in the UK and was then released in the United States in 2004.
At this point, the band created its final line-up, which included: Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn, Nathan Connelly, Paul Wilson, and Tom Simpson. The group toured with U2 as its opening act for the Vertigo European tour. The band has since produced two records, Eyes Open and A Hundred Million Suns, which have brought Snow Patrol some much deserved praise.
Young Hollywood met up with Gary and Jonny and found out about the band's breakout singles, how the fans play a part in their shows, and what the two members like to do in their free time.
- Their album Eyes Open sold 36,191 copies in the U.S. during its first week.
- The band considers U2 to be one of its biggest influences.
- All of the lyrics from their album Final Straw were written by Gary Lightbody.