Irish ock outfit Snow Patrol has begun recording its fifth album in Ireland.

Irish rock outfit Snow Patrol has begun recording its fifth album in Ireland, according to a blog post from frontman Gary Lightbody.

"The first week is behind us and things are going great," he writes. "Some loveliness is happening and it's very exciting to hear songs I've been demoing over the last year or more spring to noise-covered life."

Beforehand, the group decamped to "a little house by a lake" to fine-tune the new material. The property was full of bats and frogs, and according to Lightbody, without the ingenuity of drum tech Graemo Hunter, "we'd be covered in bats still. Clothed in them. Like the batsuit but made of live bats and no superhero within."

There's no release date yet for the follow-up to 2006's "Eyes Open," which has sold 1.1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band's breakthrough album, 2004's "Final Straw," is now at 612,000 copies Stateside.