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Snow Patrol fans' six-year-wait nearly over: a new album's due soon

By Allan Preston

After six long years Snow Patrol fans have finally received word the band will soon release a new album.

Frontman Gary Lightbody revealed online that the band will return to the recording studio in May, with the possibility it could be released as early as June.

"For the folks asking about the new Snow Patrol album #SP7, here's the news," the Co Down-born singer wrote.

"We had a breakthrough recording session in February and are on the home straight. The awesome Jacknife Lee is in the producer's chair as usual, and we have more time with him in the studio in May/June and will be finished at the end of June.

"Hopefully that gives us plenty of time to bring the album out this year, that is the plan.

"Plans are fallible but we'll damn well try our best."

He added while there have been a "few false starts", the band - best known for hits such as Run and Chasing Cars - is now "on the right track. It's sounding mighty, I'm very proud of what we've done so far and cannot wait for you all to hear it.

"Thank you all for your patience and support. Six years is a bloody eternity between albums, we know, so the fact people are still asking when it's coming means a lot to us.

"We'll post updates from the studio from late May onwards. Big love good people."

BBC Radio Ulster music presenter Ralph McLean said although the rock act had "taken their eye off the ball" he had no doubt they would come back with a bang.

"I'm certainly interested to see what it's going to do, it's about time," he said.

"I know he's been working away on his side project Tired Pony which is really good, but that's a long time to be away and a lot of people will have high expectations. When it does arrive, they'll have to deliver."

He added that expectations would be sky high.

"Something like Chasing Cars is probably playing on a radio station somewhere, it's one of those global hits," he said.

"I don't expect a change in sound as they're working with producer Jacknife Lee again.

"I know Gary Lightbody had a lot of problems with writer's block but that's in the past now.

"I do think they've taken their eye off the ball, when you think bands used to release two albums a year.

"Bands these days are really slack when it comes to releasing albums; six years is a long time to expect a fanbase to wait. It's all about the live scene these days and albums are an after-thought.

"There will be a bit of pressure and the guys will be feeling it.

"I think they actually scrapped an entire album as they didn't think it was good enough. I've no doubt they will deliver.

"Gary's a consumate rock writer and he knows how to deliver rock anthems."

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