Snow Patrol - singer Gary Lightbody, guitarist Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson, drummer Jonny Quinn and keyboardist, Tom Simpson - recorded íFallen Empiresó at Eagles Watch in Santa Monica. Tracks were mixed at the studio owned by íJacknifeó Lee, a hacienda in Topanga Canyon, the one time hippy commune and former home to Neil Young and Woody Guthrie. Backing vocals were recorded by the LA Inner City Mass Gospel Choir in Compton, and Troy Van Leuwen from Queens Of The Stone Age provides additional guitars on two tracks.
The result is a 14-track album that breaks new ground for Snow Patrol. Bolting distorted, electro guitar riffs, club-friendly drums and anthemic choruses to Gary Lightbody's heart-bruised lyricism, íFallen Empiresó takes its cues from LCD Soundsystem's íThe Sound Of Silveró, U2's íAchtung Babyó and Arcade Fireós íThe Suburbsó. Despite the experimentation, íFallen Empiresó retains the essence of Snow Patrolós appeal. The catch-all emotional dynamics are still there: the soulful íNew Yorkó feels like a festival moment-in-waiting; íThe Garden Rulesó a soundtrack to autumnal romance, and in íThis Isnót Everything You Areó Snow Patrol have created another starkly beautiful masterpiece, the equal of their classics íRunó and íChasing Carsó.
íFallen Empiresó then, is a suitably weighty follow-up to 2008ós íA Hundred Millions Sunsó and the million-selling 2009 collection íUp To Now.ó Quite simply, it is their best record to date and promises to redefine Snow Patrol as an altogether more ambitious, more expansive, creative force.
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New Dublin and Belfast Concert Dates
Snow Patrol today announce concert dates in Dublin and Belfast.
Saturday 21st January 2012 The O2, Dublin
Tickets from Ą44.05 including booking fee
Monday 23 January 2012 The Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Ticket from ú33 including booking fee
Tickets on sale Friday 23rd September at 9.00am from:
The Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Odyssey Arena Box Office: Tel. 02890 739074
Book On Line: www.odysseyarena.com
In person: From 100 Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide
By Telephone (24 Hour):
ROI - 0818 719 300, Northern Ireland - 0844 277 44 55
Book On Line: www.ticketmaster.ie
UK and Ireland Tour Ticket Pre-Sale
Fans who pre-order íFallen Empiresó through the official band store www.snowpatrol.com/presale
will get the chance to enter an exclusive ticket pre-sale for the upcoming UK and Ireland tour.
The ticket pre-sale will begin on following dates:
Ireland - Tue 20th Sept at 9am
Northern Ireland - Tue 20th Sept at 9am
Other dates - To Be Confirmed
Full details of UK pre-sales will be announced via www.snowpatrol.com/tour and www.facebook.com/snowpatrol