Snow Patrol made their triumphant return to the United States with an intimate performance at Irving Plaza on April 18th, the band’s first appearance in the US in six years. The group’s highly anticipated new album, Wildness, the group’s first album in almost seven years, drops on May 25, which prompted the visit to NYC, that included a visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in addition to the Irving Plaza show.
The packed Irving Plaza crowd erupted when Snow Parol casually strolled to their places on the stage and lead singer/guitarist and principal songwriter Gary Lightbody and the band kicked off the show with the highly emotional “Open Your Eyes”. The recognizable guitar riffs by lead guitarist Nathan Connolly that began “Chocolate” added a surge of energy to the already exuberant crowd. The kinetic atmosphere kept building with each song, which was noticeable with the rhythmic “Take Back the City” and the explosive “Called Out in the Dark” and was approaching flood levels when the band played their first offering from the forthcoming album, “Don’t Give In”. The new song contained the high level of emotion and beautifully sung lyrics that Snow Patrol fans love.
Snow Patrol returned to their older material with “Crack the Shutters”, a memorizing and beautiful song delivered with powerful vocals by Lightbody. Another cut from the new album, “Empress” which has been performed solo acoustic by Gary Lightbody got the full Snow Patrol treatment for only the second time live. The band continued alternating between familiar material and songs that are from the new album for a stretch that landed on a composition that Lightbody explained took him five years to write. “Life on Earth” was certainly worth the wait and the struggle the artist had to finish it, as it was a powerful and dramatic song that resulted in a frenetic response from the crowd. A stunning version of “Make This Go On Forever” preceded the expressively haunting “Shut Your Eyes” and one of band’s biggest songs, “Chasing Cars”. Snow Patrol ended the set with the energetic “Your All I Have”.
The band exited the stage with the expected huge ovation from the sold-out Irving Plaza Crowd. Returning to the stage, Gary Lightbody joked about how silly it is that bands have to go through the motions of leaving the stage and coming back for the encore when everyone already knows they are going to play more, “but it’s convention”, he added. “What If This is All the Love You Ever Get?”, another song from the new album, began the encore as a duet with Lightbody on vocals and Johnny McDaid on piano before the rest of Snow Patrol returned for “Just Say Yes” that brought the show to a climactic conclusion.
Although it took a while, Snow Patrol is back with a new album coming out and it seems that they have not lost their edge as the band put on an incredibly dynamic performance. The show was a great mix of Snow Patrol’s best-known songs and a taste from the new album. Snow Patrol returned to America with only two dates, the show at Irving Plaza and one in Los Angles before a string of shows in Ireland, but according to social media posts, more shows will be coming in 2018 and 2019 around the world.