From Alternative Ulster April 2005. The name of the interview is ‘Five Minutes With Snow Patrol’, Gary speaking—this is about their EO album, while recording it…
‘How’s the new record shaping up?
**Every song we’ve written has been extremely dark, there’s no rocks songs as yet, there’s no pop songs really even. i think that’s just the initial perversion setting in from the last one. What we’ll do is develop into making this album the way we want to. at the minute we’re just doing the antithesis or opposite of what we did last time. The more we build a canon of songs for this album the more we’ll start to develop a more varies approach, but at the minute it’s all quite dark and frightening.
Are you feeling the pressure of writing the follow up to the million selling “final straw”?
**To be honest, I only feel pressure for the quality, not for selling loads of records. I want to make a really good record, i want to follow “final straw” up with our best record. You should be learning from every album, not regressing.
**So this is the pressure i put on my self- to make a better album, not to sell another million copies. i don’t really care about that. We’ve had an extremely successful year and I can’t imagine us having a more succesful year. i wouldn’t get really depressed if this album didn’t do as well as “final straw” the only thing that would depress me was that if it wasn’t as good. As long as it’s better than “final straw” i’ll be happy.
You’ve said before that you have to be unhappy to write. After the past year being so great, do you now find it more difficult to write?
**No, not at all, i’m still terrified. All the things i wrote about before are still very apparent and very true of my life now. I’m still in a mess relationship-wise and i still think the world is in a mess. We never wrote about bravado, we’re not hip hop, we’re not writing about how much bling we have or how many bitches we have. We don’t have to change our approach to what is really at the core of Snow Patrol. I’m still f*cked up in the head, you know? As an 18 year old kid i thought we’d have a hit with our record “Song for Polar Bears” and then i’d be happy, but that wasn’t true. You’d be an idiot if you weren’t satisfied with the year we had.
**However, personally the things i write songs about are still the same problems, I still have the same issues with myself, I’m still extremely self doubtful and I still loath myself as much as i ever did, so it’s easy to write about that stuff.
How did you feel when you found out you would be supporting U2?
**I was flabbergasted. Obviously there had been a lot of speculation but until it’s actually official you don’t let yourself believe it, so it was still a massive shock and a pleasant surprise. Ironically on our last tour “The Joshua Tree” was our album of choice before we went onstage. It was the icing on the cake to get the real thing for five nights. Being able to watch them from the side of the stage every night, what more could you ask for?’
For a while I have been tempted to post Mr. Lightbody’s—gosh I sound so…respectful…not liking it…so, Gary, it will be—old blogs from the old forum. Many who have been fans for a long time know of them and cherish them. Those newer fans might not know of them at all and are missing on a lot of of what this great talent, down-to-earth, sweet to his fans man is about.
Twitter is but a tiny fragment of how great and creative a mind the man has, and tumblr has been quite good, especially his last couple of entries, but he seems to have fallen out of love with it.
In any event, I am afraid they might disappear altogether, since that old forum is rarely used now. I, old person that I am—just pretend I did not say that—and always thinking of what if? copied them and have them stashed away for posterity. No problem if they do go the way of the dinossaur on the internet, I will always be able to read them. But, I feel, that it is such a shame that so many of the newer fans have not read these, that I feel almost compeled to post them here. Let’s say, as insurance? So, people get to know him a bit better? So others can see how witty he is, as if we didn’t know already…or, better yet, his taste in music, books movies…his ramblings on…The Jonas Brothers? Big Brother?
I will begin with the earliest post I have and go from there.
So…it begins. Gary Lightbody. Revealed. In his own words.
hope you’re all well. there has been much speculation about who will be joining us on the bass. just like to say that for the most part you’ve all been right. paul wilson (formerly of terra diablo) has joined the patrol on bass. he is a multi-instrumentalist and will be a magnificent addition to the band and he’s already been heavily involved in the new songs.
we didn’t want the official press release to beat us to it this time too so you’re the first to know.
paul’s first gig will be tomorrow night (1-4-2005) in dingle, co kerry (where we have been living and working for the last two months). the reason we did not tell you about this show is because it is to raise money for some local charites. the people have been great to us down here and we wanted to have a big party with them all as a send off and the tickets all sold out in a blink. it also gives us a wee chance to play live with paul before the u.s. tour in april/may.
we will organise another boardies gig when we’ve written the new album so you can hear the songs first. hopefully it will work a bit better than the last one.
thank you all for you support. the album’s coming on a treat and we’re all writing our asses off.
much love. see you soon.
gary, jonny, nathan and tom.
p.s. congratulations to tom, after seven years he is now as full member of the patrol. then there were five. increase the peas’
[Old Snow Patrol forum, posted by Gary, March 31, 2005]
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