Jonathan Graham Quinn is a Northern Irish drummer, born in Bangor. He is best known as the drummer for alternative rock band Snow Patrol, was a member of bands like The Mighty Fall, The New Brontes and Disraeli Gears; as drummer for Snow Patrol, he has played on all releases. He is married to industrial designer Mariane Quinn, he attended Rockport School near Holywood and Campbell College Belfast both of which singer Gary Lightbody attended. He once used to work in the music store for Good Vibrations, the record label that first signed The Undertones. In the early 1990s, he was a member of The Mighty Fall, he was a member of The New Brontes. In the summer of 1992, he became a member of Disraeli Gears, formed by Iain's brother Paul. In 1995, he completed a BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts. In October 1996, he started a live music venue with Brendan McCauley, called The Crescent Arts Centre. Disraeli Gears played regular shows at the venue throughout the rest of the year. In 1997, they recorded Pure Groove.
He's been with Snow Patrol since Songs for Polarbears. During Snow Patrol's Eyes Open Tour, on 15 January 2007, Quinn broke a bone in his elbow in a snowboarding accident and was unable to play several shows of the tour, he asked Ex-Therapy? Drummer and long-time friend of the band Graham Hopkins to fill in for him. Hopkins toured Europe, New Zealand and the United States for 3 months until Quinn had recovered. In the meantime, Snow Patrol were to play at the 2007 BRIT Awards. U2's Larry Mullen, Jr. volunteered to take on the duty but the band had Hopkins. Quinn said, he names Louie Bellson and Stewart Copeland among his influences. In 2009, Jonny launched the publishing company Polar Patrol Publishing, his first signing was Johnny McDaid who went onto write with many artists including Ed Sheeran and Robbie Williams. Jonny was responsible for signing Belle & Sebastian to Polar Patrol in 2014, he is the nephew of actress Patricia Quinn and the brother of Bradley Quinn, Snow Patrol's longtime photographer.
His cousin is wife of former Northern Ireland assistant manager Gerry Armstrong. Quinn had a habit of stage-diving. After the band signed to Fiction/Interscope, he was asked to curb it, he proposed to his longtime girlfriend, industrial designer Mariane Røkke at Snow Patrol's homecoming show at Ward Park in 2007. He wrote "Marry me Mariane" on his drum kit, shown on the screens beside the stage, they tied the knot in Mariane's hometown Oslo on 16 August 2008. Jonny's brother Bradley Quinn was the best man. Guests included the band, past Snow Patrol collaborator and band mate Iain Archer and singer Declan O'Rourke; the couple went to Zanzibar for their honeymoon. He lives in London with his wife and son, near band mate Nathan Connolly, he is known to use Zildjian cymbals and Pro-Mark sticks. He used Pearl drums in the past
Mark Peter McClelland is a musician from Northern Ireland, known best as the former bass guitarist with the band Snow Patrol. McClelland is a recipient of the Ivor Novello Award for his work on Final Straw, he is now the bassist for alternative act Little Doses. Mark McClelland was born on 30 March 1976, attended Sullivan Upper School as a youngster. In 1994, he started attending the University of Dundee to study Financial economics. During his first year, he founded the band Shrug with Gary Lightbody. Morrison left the band in 1995 and with new drummer Jonny Quinn, they became Polar Bear and Snow Patrol. On 9 July 1998, McClelland graduated with first class honours and was one of the only three students to graduate in the course that year. Additionally, he was the only student to graduate in first class for that course that year. A few weeks Snow Patrol released their first studio album Songs for Polarbears under Jeepster. In 2001, the band released their second studio album. During this time, McClelland was a member of The Reindeer Section, a Scottish ensemble started by band mate Lightbody.
He featured on Iain Archer's album Flood The Tanks and Cut La Roc's eponymous debut album, playing the song "Post Punk Progression" with Snow Patrol. McClelland departed from the band in 2005 after the success of their 2003 album Final Straw over creative differences. Speaking to Scotland's The Daily Record at the time, McClelland claimed he was sacked as Lightbody "wanted more control and less interference", adding that Snow Patrol would be a solo project now; the NME reported that the dispute centred on songwriting credits for Final Straw, with McClelland feeling his contribution had not been given sufficient acknowledgement. McClelland has gone on to create Little Doses, along with girlfriend, singer Kirsten Ross and drummer Michael Branagh of Degrassi; the band is unsigned. On 10 September 2007 the BBC news site reported that McClelland has issued a writ at the High Court in London seeking 25% of the band's earnings since he left the band in March 2005. Starfighter Pilot Songs for Polarbears When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up Final Straw Flood the Tanks Sessions@AOL La Roc Rocs Daily Record interview with McClelland 6/3/07 Michael Morrison's'Shrug' tribute page
Eyes Open is the fourth studio album by Northern Irish-Scottish alternative rock band Snow Patrol. Produced by Jacknife Lee, it was released in the UK on 1 May 2006, 9 May 2006 in the US, it was the band's first album without bassist Mark McClelland and the first to feature bassist Paul Wilson and keyboardist Tom Simpson. Recording for the album took place between October and December 2005 at Grouse Lodge Studios in Ireland, The Garage in Kent, The Garden and Angel Recording Studios, both in London. Six singles were released from the album, including top 10 hits "You're All I Have" and "Chasing Cars", the latter of which came to worldwide attention when it was featured during the season 2 finale of the American medical drama Grey's Anatomy, it went on to sell over 5 million copies worldwide and has spent a total of 166 weeks on the UK Singles Chart, more than any other song in history. Eyes Open was the best-selling album of 2006 in the UK, selling 1.5 million copies and 6 million worldwide.
It was the 15th best-selling album of the 2000s. Snow Patrol's primary aim for a fourth album was to create a better one than the previous, Final Straw, they felt the need to become better players of their respective instruments as they thought they had "barely away" with the success of the last album. Subsequently, keyboardist Tom Simpson and drummer Jonny Quinn took classical piano and drum lessons during the recording of the album; the band started writing new material. They stayed in a small house, described by Simpson as a "little round house overlooking the sea", they did some recording in a studio. The main recording sessions, happened in an old "condemned" studio in Westmeath, located in the central part of the country. Simpson found the place to be "laid-back" and "almost like a holiday home"; the location was in a secluded area, quite distant from any civilization, with animals running around. This helped; the band stayed there for six weeks. Simpson felt the reason why producer Jacknife Lee was taking the band to different places was because he did not want them to get too comfortable with the surroundings.
The songs were not written as a whole, but the band wrote them as they "came". The writing process thus varied for each song; the band was constantly changing song arrangements. Due to this, they found they had gotten a much clearer idea of which songs they would polish to make the album. Simpson noted that the band had much more time to write and record this time, a luxury they had not enjoyed previously. Inspiration for writing came from the band's record collections, musical influences; the band, fans of The Posies, met Ken Stringfellow at a couple of festivals they attended, asked him if he wanted to get involved. He accepted, visited the studio for a day, contributing piano; the band had been listening to Martha Wainwright's Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole during the sessions and were fans of it. Towards the end of the recording sessions, Lightbody wrote a duet with her in mind, hoping to get her to sing it, she agreed to record it. Eugene Kelly and a few members from The Reindeer Section appear as choir in various songs throughout the album.
Simpson credited Lee for being supportive of the band, at the same time critical, when necessary. Each band member used to come to him for opinion on work they were doing. Morale during the sessions was high, with the band feeling a sense of togetherness seeing the hard work everyone was doing; the album is the first without founding bassist Mark McClelland and represents a step forward for the band. Simpson feels that the album is more confident that its predecessor, as the band pushed themselves more than before during its sessions, had a better understanding of music. According to him, the album title does not mean anything specific and that it can have its own meaning to different people. Bassist Paul Wilson says that it came from the titles of songs they had written, citing "Open Your Eyes" as an example; the album's third track, "Chasing Cars", was featured on the second-season finale of the ABC prime time hit drama Grey's Anatomy on 15 May 2006. A Grey's Anatomy-themed video of the song can be seen at the ABC website.
The seventh track, "Make This Go On Forever", was used in the third season of Grey's Anatomy, at the end of the episode entitled "Walk on Water" and in 2018 it was featured in the fourteenth season of the show, during an episode with a story similar to Walk on Water. The album's tenth track, entitled "Open Your Eyes," was used in the season 4 finale of CBS's Cold Case and in the season 12 finale of ER, the closing scenes of the pilot of The Black Donnellys and in the second episode of the third season of Grey's Anatomy; the sixth track, "You Could Be Happy", was used at the beginning the episode "Promise" of Smallville's sixth season, as well as in advertisements for Australian soap Neighbours. The single was used in Doctor Who: Top 5 Christmas Moments and the penultimate episode of Season 2 of BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey; the first track, appears on the soundtrack of the teen film The Invisible. In 2007, "Open Your Eyes" was used as the "Best Bits" song for Celebrity Big Brother 5 during the final watched by over 7 million viewers, the year of the race row.
In 2013, "Open Your Eyes" was heard in the penultimate episode of the hit NBC comedy The Office 9th season and the series. In it, Jim Halpert asks the documentary crew to make a video to prove his love for his wife, Pam Halpert, consisting of footage of their relationshi
A Hundred Million Suns
A Hundred Million Suns is the fifth album by Northern Irish alternative rock band Snow Patrol. The album was written by Snow Patrol and was produced by longtime producer Jacknife Lee, who has produced albums for Bloc Party, R. E. M. and U2. The songs were recorded through the summer of 2008 in Hansa Studios in Berlin and Grouse Lodge Studios in Ireland; the album was released in Ireland on 24 October 2008, on 25 October in Australia, on 27 October in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe and in the US on 28 October. The band wanted to make an album more than they had done the last time. By the time Snow Patrol ended their Eyes Open Tour, Lightbody had 220 songs written on GarageBand. During the recording process, the band narrowed them down to 30 songs, of which about 20 were recorded. Apart from Lightbody, Nathan Connolly and Paul Wilson too had written songs; the band listened to albums from artists like Fleet Foxes, Wolf Parade and Sigur Rós during the process. In an interview after the Eyes Open Tour, it became known that the band wished to record their next studio album amidst "sun-drenched" surroundings.
Band members Quinn and Simpson mentioned Brazil as possible locations. The album was recorded in two studios, Hansa Studios in Berlin and Grouse Lodge Studio in County Westmeath, Ireland through the Summer of 2008, with producer Garret "Jacknife" Lee; the album was a departure from Snow Patrol's earlier productions. Lightbody said. Instead of describing a relationship's end, the record was written in perspective of a relationship, working; the band members took additional lessons before starting the recording. They have described the album as their best to date. Lightbody commented, he further explained: On previous albums, his focus was on his past mistakes, though this time he had forced himself to write about being in love without sounding clichéd. The lyrics did not come to him, although the songwriting sessions were distressing, he has said the lyrics were "honest"; the recording sessions were hampered by bats invading the studio at dusk, when they'd fly around outside the windows. Lightbody said.
The album title was revealed by drummer Jonny Quinn in an interview to The Belfast Telegraph, was reported as "One Hundred Million Suns". Lightbody confirmed the title as "A Hundred Million Suns" on the band's official website, noted that the newspaper had gone on to print the title despite the band's wish to reveal it themselves. A Hundred Million Suns was made available in three different formats, standard CD, LP Vinyl, digital download. There was a deluxe version including a specially produced DVD directed by James Russell and full color bookThe first single taken from the album, "Take Back the City" premiered on Zane Lowe's show on BBC Radio 1 on 1 September at 7:20 pm; the title of the album was revealed on 1 August and the final track listing for the album was revealed on Snow Patrol's website on 29 August. In early October a month before the release of the album, exclusive listening parties were organized and fans were invited on a first come, first served basis. Three days before the album was released, the band's website put up the whole album for online playback.
A section featuring Gary Lightbody and his thoughts on the new songs was put up. The album artwork was designed by Farrow Design; the use of handwriting on the album and single sleeves was the band's idea. Snow Patrol teamed up with Apple Inc. and became the first band to have an interactive application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The free digital application enabled users to access extra content like lyrics, behind-the-scenes images and exclusive album related artwork. A Hundred Million Suns received favorable reviews; the A. V. Club's Chris Mincher called it sincere and effortless, praised it for employing the use of various techniques, citing the use of glockenspiel, tap dancing and Mongolian folk, he said that the album was Snow Patrol's "solid reminder" of "how simple it can be to make good music" and praised the album, calling it the band's most genuine and biggest yet. He called the guitar hooks "swelling" and "urgent" and called the choruses "compelling" and "soaring", he had praise for songs like "Lifeboats", which he called "coolly slick", he praised the "guitar-buzzing pump" of "Engines".
He mentioned "The Golden Floor", which employs fingerpicking and "a scratchy persuasive thump". Though he felt the songs were not arena rock, the band's "sincerity and effortless songwriting" would make them work individually as well as in stadiums, he still felt that critics blasting the band were to do the same to A Hundred Million Suns, though he felt "novel" that the album retained the band's passion they have always had. PopMatters' Ross Langager, who gave the album a rating of 9 out of 10 defended the band on the comparisons made with Coldplay, saying that the band are more focused, he compared Lightbody and Coldplay's Chris Martin, saying Lightbody's lyrics are "finely-observed", whereas Martin prefers "scrubbed-up existential clichés". He further praised Lightbody, calling him a romantic, calling his words "sturdily poetic and subtly evocative", he felt credit was due to the band for avoiding the formula of "Run" and "Chasing Cars" on A Hundred Million Suns. He credited producer Jacknife Lee with expanding the band's sound.
He had much praise for the songs, saying the "highlights keep flowing into each other". He called "The Planets Bend Between Us" the "Chasing Cars
Late Night Tales: Snow Patrol
Late Night Tales: Snow Patrol is a mix album compiled by alternative rock band Snow Patrol's members Gary Lightbody and Tom Simpson and released through Late Night Stories in September and October 2009. The album is the 22nd in the Late Night Tales series, it was recorded at Jacobs Studios in Farnham & Mayfair Studios in London, was produced by compilers Lightbody and Simpson. Any compiling artist to Late Night Tales is required to add a track of their own. Snow Patrol recorded INXS's "New Sensation" for the occasion. Lightbody was confident about the cover, said: "why bother if you're just palely imitating the true form?" Will Self is featured on the series again, with the second part of his short story, called "The Happy Detective". Simpson and Lightbody created an exclusive mini-mix, not featured on the album but could be listened on the Late Night Tales website. An alternate version, dubbed Another Late Night Tale: Snow Patrol was released on iTunes with selected tracks, a continuous mix of the whole album.
The album was released to positive reception by music critics. The album was released on 28 September 2009 in the UK and 3 November 2009 in the US. in two formats, CD and Digital download. The download was available in MP3 and WAV formats, each set priced at £7.99. The album booklet contains the story behind the song selection, a short story detailing how Lightbody and Simpson first met. Album compilers Lightbody and Simpson played a DJ Set at the album's launch party at London's The Old Queens Head pub; the event was held on 13 November 2009 between 8pm–2am and was free for everyone. Critical response towards the album was positive. Hot Press felt that the band had made "New Sensation" as their own song, saying it was "well and patroled"; the album was received quite favorably by Nick Annan of Clash Music, who called the song selection "cracking". Though he didn't feel the songs would work well in a party environment, he felt they were "prime" for a listening session and rated the album 6 out of 10.
The Epoch Times noted that the "decent" selection if songs showed how knowledgeable the band was about music. Reviewer Patrick Healy called the opening selection, "Observatory Crest", an excellent track from the musician's forgotten "sane" period. Other highlights of the album to him were "I Walk the Earth" and "Download", he was satisfied with the song selection and wrote that the album was "rarely off target". He awarded the set 3.5 stars out of 5. Allmusic's Andrew Leahey awarded the album 3 stars out of 5, he called the album "surprisingly moody and danceable". He praised the compilers' DJing abilities, he noted that there is a constant nocturnal ambiance present throughout the album, necessary for a Late Night Tales release. He found the band's cover of "New Sensation", he suggested "Observatory Crest", the cover of "New Sensation" as track picks. The Pitt News' reviewer Azia Squire felt that the only "mishaps" of the album were Snow Patrol's cover of "New Sensation" and Miracle Fortress' "Next Train".
She said though they were strong songs, they sounded "awkward" on the compilation, as their energy was not high enough. She however, praised the band saying it was proof that Snow Patrol could make "excellent music." Gary Lightbody – compiled by, producer Tom Simpson – compiled by, producer Late Night Tales official website "Coming soon..." on YouTube
The Trip: Created by Snow Patrol
The Trip: Created by Snow Patrol is a mix album compiled by alternative rock band Snow Patrol's vocalist Gary Lightbody and released through the Family Recordings label on 1 November 2004. Issued as a 2×CD and a 3×LP Vinyl, the album was the fifth in The Trip series. In the CD release, Disc I was called "Bert" and Disc II was "Ernie". Lightbody wished to compile his own Trip album after listening to the album compiled by Tom Middleton. Lightbody credits his DJ friend Roy Kerr, better known as The Freelance Hellraiser, for putting together most of the songs, joking about directing Kerr "from the comfy chair". Lightbody wishes to compile a similar album with Kerr in the future; the compilation received positive reviews from music critics, with one calling it a "cohesive, nuanced listening experience". The general feeling among critics was. Lightbody's taste in music was praised, with one critic calling it "exquisitely eclectic". However, one critic felt that the selections were the same favored by "indieists everywhere".
Allmusic's Jason Ankeny reviewed the album positively and awarded it 3.5 stars out of 5. He felt that Lightbody's selections weren't too different from "Snow Patrol's own brand of shimmering guitar pop". According to him, this approach worked for, both, against the album, he further explained: "while the decision to focus on music from the same spectral frequency results in a cohesive, nuanced listening experience, half the fun of past Trip collections is discovering songs from the farthest-flung corners of the vault juxtaposed in unexpected and revelatory ways." He said that "adventurous listeners should find some compelling new music" on the album and felt that it was a "solid overview of the state of alternative rock circa 2004". He named "With Arms Outstretched," "Staring at the Sun," and "Green Green Grass of Tunnel" the highlights from the album.musicOMH's John Murphy reviewed the album positively and called it "quite brilliant", but warned that album isn't what Snow Patrol fans might expect.
He said that "the hardcore dance sounds of the first disc in particular may well scare Snow Patrol's casual fan away." He felt the second disc is better than the first: "a more eclectic mix of songs which moves away from the hard dance of disc one". He felt that by the time a listener would reach the end of disc II, they'd be convinced that "Gary Lightbody is a man with some exquisitely eclectic taste in music". He, however advised fans against buying the album. Xfm called the song selection "eclectic". Pitchfork's Marc Hogan wrote that he didn't feel the compilation would be good, but he admitted he was "had" at "Everyone Deserves to Be Fucked", he felt that Lou Barlow, Coldplay and My Bloody Valentine were the most notable artists missing from the album. He felt that disc I was better than II, he called the selected tracks "illuminative if breathtaking" and felt they'll "likely yield most listeners a discovery or two". He gave the album 7.2 out of 10. However, Drowned in Sound's Michaela Annot was lesser pleased, saying that the compilation "favours the sort of soft-house-electro simplicity favoured by indieists everywhere".
She felt that though "it lacks conherency and form", it made the album "even more endearing". She thought that, "overall, it's a little too pleasant", yet had her qualms. Gary Lightbody – compiled by Roy Kerr – engineering Rex the Dog – remix Tomcats in Tokyo – remix This is part of a short-lived mix album series released by Family Records called "The Trip" and featured compiled albums by Saint Etienne, Tom Middleton, Dirty Vegas, among others, plus most notably Jarvis Cocker & Steve Mackey of Pulp E-card sampler
Crack the Shutters
"Crack the Shutters" is a song from alternative rock band Snow Patrol's fifth album A Hundred Million Suns. It was released as the follow-up single to "Take Back the City" on different dates in December 2008 depending on the region, was the second single taken from the album; the lyrics were written by Gary Lightbody and the music was composed by Snow Patrol. The song was described by lyricist Lightbody as the purest love song he'd written; the single was received positively by music critics, the lyrics and vocals being praised in particular. The single was quite successful in the charts, charting in the Top 20 in the Netherlands. Though it entered the Top 30 in Sweden and Germany, it topped the Billboard Triple A chart. "Crack the Shutters" is the name of a photography exhibition held by Bradley Quinn which featured his photos taken at Snow Patrol concerts. The song came into being when Gary Lightbody was "tinkering" with the piano with some ideas the band had, played the first bars of the song.
The band laid the song in the studio the same day, which came out quite "fully formed". The initial version of the song has the same structure as the version; the lyric'crack the shutters open wide' was the first that came to Lightbody, who further commented that it's "the most natural song on the album, it's about the most natural thing in the world". At the time of the release of the album, SP.com posted a section featuring lead singer and lyricist Gary Lightbody discussing the new songs, a Lightbody interview to RTÉ. About "Crack the Shutters", he said it was the purest love song he'd written; the album A Hundred Million Suns is noted for its positive lyrics, as Lightbody was best known before for break-up songs. The song is the one of many positive songs. In an interview with The Sunday Times, he said, "The problem I've always had with writing about love is that you don't stop and think about it when it's occurring; this time, I made. The new lyrics took a lot longer than usual, but I'm proud of them."
Lightbody credited producer Jacknife Lee with helping him with lyric writing. He praised him further, adding that it was Lee who taught him the importance of the lyrics sounding as good as they're well written; the song became a fan favorite on the Take Back the Cities Tour. SP.com organized a competition for fans to design the artwork for the single. The only rule was to have "Crack the Shutters" on the artwork; the winning entry was used on the official website only remix version of the single and the band themselves chose the winner. The song was placed on BBC Radio 2's "A List" playlist for the week commencing 6 December 2008, subsequently got played twenty times a week; the song has been featured on the 90210 episode "Help Me, Rhonda", which aired on 3 February 2009. Additionally, the band donated the song to be used in the soundtrack for a promotional video for the "Not in My Name" campaign; the single was released in two physical formats: a 7" Vinyl. The CD single, which saw a full release featured a new song, the unreleased b-side "Cubicles".
The 7" Vinyl, which had a limited release featured a cover of Elbow's "One Day Like This", recorded on Jo Whiley's "Live Lounge on Tour". The pressing was limited to 500 copies, was only available at HMV Music Stores. An iTunes Store bundle included the "Haunts Remix" of the song. Another iTunes single was the "Kid Glove Remix" of the track. Both singles were made available digitally on 14 December 2008; the physical single was released on 12 December in Ireland, 15 December in the UK, 16 December in Australia and Germany, 19 December in the Netherlands. The music video for the song was shot after the band finished the Take Back the Cities whistle-stop tour, it was directed by Kevin Godley. The video opens with the band playing the opening bars of the song on their respective instruments. Gary Lightbody is shown singing the lyrics with the camera focused on his lips; the camera zooms out revealing his full face. As the song reaches its chorus, the camera zooms out to show the whole band and a crowd of people are shown running past.
The people disappear. Till the next chorus, there are interspersed shots of all five band members; the second chorus again shows a crowd of people running past the band. As the second chorus nears its end, a crowd of people are shown approaching the band with flashlights in their hands; the shots shown of the band performing appear as if it is a live performance in an arena. The band goes on to finish the song, the video ends with a shot of Lightbody resting on his microphone. Critical reception towards the single was positive. Yahoo! Music's Jairne Gill reviewed the single positively. In spite of this, he criticized Snow Patrol for "established the kind of ruthless commercial formula more associated with corporations like Microsoft or Starbucks." He said that "the first single back is always a semi-rocky, fidgety beast - as if to reassure people they are still an indie band at heart, you know - and is swiftly followed by a big, lovelorn ballad designed to make housewives melt and bring US television executives in search of a season finale running to them with blank cheques."
He went on to say. He praised the guitar and glockenspiel in the song, called the chorus "a warm hug", he felt that vocalist Gary Lightbody's feelings sound genuine in the song. The Sunday Mail's Avril Cadden, though called the song "nothing new and typical Snow Patrol", but defended it, saying that it