Snow Patrol will release its next studio album, “Eyes Open,” May 1 internationally via Fiction/Polydor and May 9 in North America via Interscope. The driving, up-tempo first single “You’re All I Have” will see commercial release April 24 in the United Kingdom.
The 11-track set features a duet between frontman Gary Lightbody and singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright on “Set the Fire to the Third Bar” as well as guest appearances from Posies/Big Star principal Ken Stringfellow on keyboards plus backing vocals from Scottish indie rock notables Eugene Kelly, Charlie Clarke, Jenny Reeve and Iain Archer.
“Eyes Open” is the follow-up to Snow Patrol’s 2003 breakthrough “Final Straw,” which has sold 479,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Highlights of the new effort include the synth-washed, U2-ish “Shut Your Eyes,” the grungy, Sufjan Stevens-namechecking “Hands Open” and the anthemic “Open Your Eyes.”
The album will be available internationally in a special edition featuring a bonus DVD with behind-the-scenes footage from the studio and Snow Patrol’s extensive “Final Straw” tour. U.K. fans who pre-order “Eyes Open” via Amazon.com will be entered to win tickets to the band’s sold out April 12 show in London.
Snow Patrol is in the midst of a short European tour, to be followed later this month by seven North American shows. Among them is a March 17 gig at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, where the band launched “Final Straw” two years ago.
Here is the track list for “Eyes Open”:
“You’re All I Have”
“Shut Your Eyes”
“Beginning To Get To Me”
“You Could Be Happy”
“Make This Go on Forever”
“Set the Fire to the Third Bar”
“Open Your Eyes”