Snow Patrol released Wildness, the Northern Irish band’s seventh studio album, in 2018, and the post-Britpop group is on a 21-date North American tour in support of the record. Snow Patrol performs at The Anthem on Friday, April 26.
The quintet consists of Gary Lightbody (vocals, guitar), Nathan Connolly (guitar, backing vocals), Paul Wilson (bass guitar, backing vocals), Jonny Quinn (drums), and Johnny McDaid (piano, guitar, backing vocals). Frontman Gary reflected on the inspiration for the new album recently.
“There are many types of wildness, but I think it can be distilled into two: the wildness of the modern age and something more primal, something we were born with but forget so quickly now because of our addiction to ourselves, to social media, to everything faster, everything now,” Gary said. “The level of hate and confusion and illogic and anger and spite that have come up like a torrent recently. That’s the ugly kind of wildness. But there is a beautiful side of wildness, our connectivity to each other, our passion, our love. It’s more and more being forgotten and dulled, because the modern noise is dialed up so loud that we can’t hear the other kind. I want to remember.”
Watch the official music video for “Life on Earth” by Snow Patrol on YouTube:
In a review for AllMusic, Neil Z. Yeung said Snow Patrol channel their peers in Coldplay and U2 on the new record for one of their “poppiest” albums ever.
“Throughout Wildness, Lightbody pushes his message with evocative lyrical imagery and the consoling empathy of someone who has fought the battle and emerged triumphant. The result is one of the most comforting and relatable inclusions in the band’s catalog,” Neil said.