Snow Patrol Begins Work On New Album

U.K. rock outfit Snow Patrol began work on the follow-up to its 2003 breakthrough, "Final Straw," over the weekend as part of an eight-week writing and recording stint in Dingle in southwest Ireland.

U.K. rock outfit Snow Patrol began work on the follow-up to its 2003 breakthrough, "Final Straw," over the weekend as part of an eight-week writing and recording stint in Dingle in southwest Ireland. The sessions come days after Snow Patrol won best Irish band and best album at Ireland's Meteor Awards.

"We hope to have a new record later this year, but it'll be ready when it's ready. We're not putting any pressure on the guys to deliver it," says an executive at the band's label, Fiction Records, the reactivated imprint of Polydor U.K. "They've got a few tunes in the pipeline and they're pretty confident about them."

The band will break from the studio for two area shows: a homecoming gig in Belfast on Friday (March 4) and a March 17 St. Patrick's Day concert in Cambridge.

"Final Straw" was one of the top 10 selling albums in the United Kingdom last year, having moved in excess of 900,000 units there. Via North American release by A&M/Interscope, "Final Straw" has sold 333,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

Snow Patrol will give the set as final push in North America with a month-long tour, which kicks off April 23 in Spring, Texas, and includes a previously announced April 30 appearance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

"Most British bands approach touring here with the wrong attitude," frontman Gary Lightbody told Billboard.com last fall. "Coldplay toured and toured and toured. U2 basically came and lived here and worked so hard that it really paid off. That model is really the only model you can work from. If you're prepared to come and put in the time, people respect that. You can make fans for life here. People only really get to appreciate a band when they can see them face to face."

This summer, the band will open five European stadium shows for U2 and play at a handful of festivals, including June 12 at the U.K.'s Isle of Wight festival alongside R.E.M. and Embrace.