Snow Patrol set for sell-out Fife gig
Snow Patrol, who will be performing at a sell-out concert at Dunfermline’s Alhambra Theatre tomorrow night, release a new album next week.
‘Reworked’ features 13 reimagined versions of some of the band’s biggest hits alongside three brand new recordings and will be released next Friday.
Formed in 1994, the band have enjoyed huge hits such as a ‘Chasing Cars’, ‘Run’ and ‘Just Say Yes’.
‘Chasing Cars’ was recently celebrated as the most widely played song of the 21st Century.
Snow Patrol members Gary, Nathan and Johnny will be performing an acoustic set at the Alhambra, in aid of the Fife-based Craws Nest Trust charity, which been fund-raising since 1989.
More than £600,000 has been raised in three decades to buy powered wheelchairs, scooters, recliners, and manual chairs for people with mobility needs.
Over the next month the band will be touring the country including dates at the Royal Albert Hall and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.
Twenty-five years into a career that has taken in one billion global track streams, five UK platinum albums, an Ivor Novello award and Grammy and Mercury Music Prize nominations, Reworked marks a period of looking back and taking stock.
“After 10 years of no success, no-one – least of all us – expected us these last 15 years to sell 17 million albums, headline festivals and play to thousands of people all over the world,” says frontman Gary Lightbody.
The idea for the Reworked album took shape as the band were touring their hugely successful 2018 record Wildness.
They had undertaken a Reworked tour in 2009 and were already planning to do the same at the end of 2019 – why not, reasoned guitarist Johnny McDaid, support it with a whole Reworked album?
“So on the Wildness tour, Johnny set his recording gear up everywhere we went. He worked his butt off.”
An acoustic tour of Australia, New Zealand and Asia helped inspire their approach.
“On those shows we did some of the songs close to how they sound on the Reworked album,” says Lightbody. “The new version of ‘You’re All I Have’ came directly out of playing those acoustic shows.”
Recently unveiled as the 21st century’s biggest radio track, Chasing Cars is stripped down to its rawest form.
“It’s just the vital parts of the song,” says Lightbody. “It’s not so much a reworking as a tender portrayal of its essence.”
Tracks from across their career are broken down, reassembled and reanimated, recorded in hotel rooms or dressing rooms backstage in some of the world’s biggest venues.
“I had worried a little that the whole record was getting very downtempo,” admits Lightbody.
“The nature of recording in hotel rooms and dressing rooms is that things will invariably be low-key. Hard to rock out with a family of four in the next hotel room trying to sleep! When it came to some of the songs we recorded towards the end of the new album, we wanted to explore a slightly higher tempo.”
Former full-time member and occasional writing/producing wingman Iain Archer chipped in on certain songs to bring these new versions to life.
Three new songs complete the set. ‘Time Won’t Go Slowly’ was written by Lighthouse and McDaid at the latter’s house in LA.
“We’re both massive fans of Frank Ocean, so we wanted it to sound like Frank Ocean crossed with Frank Sinatra. It’s a classic crooner track.”
‘ I Think Of Home’ is a folk-flavoured piano ballad with vivid, evocative and deeply personal lyrics, whilst ‘Made Of Something Different Now’ is quietly sweeping.
“It’s one of my favourite tracks we have done in ages,” says Lightbody. “In keeping with the Reworked attitude of trying new things, it’s unlike much of what we’ve done before.”
The new album tracks are:
- Take Back The City (Reworked)
- Open Your Eyes (Reworked)
- Time Won’t Go Slowly
- Chocolate (Reworked)
- Set The Fire To The Third Bar (Reworked)
- Made Of Something Different Now
- You’re All I Have (Reworked)
- I Think Of Home
- Empress (Reworked)
- Run (Reworked)
- Heal Me (Reworked)
- Called Out In The Dark (Reworked)
- Crack The Shutters (Reworked)
- Chasing Cars (Reworked)
- Just Say Yes (Reworked)
- Don’t Give In (Reworked)