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Watch: Tim Peake premieres Snow Patrol's new song Life on Earth ahead of Belfast and Derry dates

Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol have released a new song and accompanying video from their upcoming album.

Life on Earth is the second release from the Northern Ireland band's latest record Wildness.

The music video was premiered by British Astronaut Tim Peake and was shot at the European Space Agency in Holland.

The release comes just days after the band performed their first live show together since August 2013 at London's Islington Assembly Hall.

Wildness is set to be released on May 25, and marks their first studio album in seven years.

The band released the record's first single Don't Give In last month.

Frontman Gary Lightbody recently told BBC Radio Two's Jo Whiley he "couldn't be more proud" of the finished album.

"It took a lot out of me," he said.

"I wanted it to be right and it wasn't right until recently. The music had been written a while, the lyrics took a lot, lot longer. I wanted to delve deeper than I had ever gone before and talk about things I had never spoken about.

"Some of it is heavy stuff but I don't think the album is heavy, it is quite hopeful. It comes from a lot of heavy soul searching."

Lightbody also explained how over the past seven years he had to come to terms with his alcoholism and his father's dementia, revealing how he had suffered depression since he was a teenager.

He said he had been to "some desperate places" in the past couple of years.

In past albums, he said how he wrote songs about love and loss, but had not been in a relationship for a while and couldn't write about it with honesty.

"I felt the time was right to talk about something else.

"I am sober now for two years and I am able to speak about it with clarity and with hope. These things are not just sort of open ended in a way where they feel like a lost cause, I am actually talking about these things in a way that I have tried to deal with them positively and hopefully people will hear that in the record."

Snow Patrol are set to perform a number of live dates in the coming weeks - including shows at the Millennium Forum in Londonderry on May 11 and Belfast's Ulster Hall on May 20.

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