Now, Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly recently spoke to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about touring, the creative process and how he's learned to love Grey's Anatomy. Here's part of his interview:
Q. Have you gotten your sea legs yet?
A. (laughs) Yeah, we're adjusting just fine, thanks. Right now, we're sitting around in Denver. There's a bit of snow on the ground. We're just kind of like, let's get on with it. There's a gig almost every night, which is the fun part. That's what you go on tour for. It's not as nice when you have travel days. So we're excited to be back. We've grown a little bit since the last time.
Q. Did the success of "Final Straw" make "Eyes Open" a more difficult undertaking?
A. With any record, there's always challenges. Despair is too harsh a word, but moments of self-doubt and consternation - that's just part of making an album. But with this album, it was actually absolutely a pleasure and joy to make. We worked very, very hard on it. And there's a discipline on this record that we never had. "Chasing Cars" is one of the simpler songs and probably the trickiest to get the build of it right. We kept coming back to that one. It doesn't sound like it when you actually listen to it, though.
Q. Was any of it written on the road while touring "Straw?"
A. No, not really. We're kind of individual, with everyone writing bits and pieces of songs and sticking them on a computer... And America's so big, we spend a lot of time traveling. It's hard to break the instruments out on the tour bus.
Q. American TV has treated Snow Patrol well. Do you ever second-guess kicking a song to a TV show?
A. There's no argument that it opens doors to a bigger demographic for your music to reach. It's amazing; the night "Chasing Cars" was on Grey's Anatomy (during the episode "Losing My Religion") it went to No. 1 on iTunes. As long as they pay us, it's great. I guess the one thing we were concerned about was that people wouldn't recognize the song outside the TV program. We've got a record with 10 other good songs on it. We want people to buy the record as much as the song. So as long as that happens, we're fine with it.
Q. Do you think the album is an endangered species?
A. I don't think so yet. So many bands have made great records that are new at the moment. But lots of people are happy making songs. I always buy the record. Even if I just like a song, I buy the record anyway. But it's important for us to make a whole body of work. I don't think we're alone; bands like The Shins and plenty of others make amazing albums.