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Snow Patrol to raise 'Fallen Empires' in January
Grammy-nominated UK band Snow Patrol will release their sixth studio album, "Fallen Empires," on January 10.
The first single, "Called Out in the Dark," features guest Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens Of The Stone Age and is Snow Patrol’s ninth record to hit the Top 10 in the Triple-A radio formats in the U.S.
The Glasgow-based Snow Patrol wrote and recorded "Empires" in the California confines of a Joshua Tree studio, a beach house in Santa Monica and producer Garret "Jacknife" Lee’s hacienda in Topanga Canyon. R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe co-penned a number of the album;s lyrics, and L.A.-based singer-songwriter Lissie sang on four tracks.
"We wanted to make a massively ambitious record," said singer Gary Lightbody in a release, "a record unlike any other we've made before… We started writing songs that were more playful, even rawer than before – we were brave enough to do what we wanted as a band, rather than what convention dictated to us. It was tough at times, we were out of our comfort zone for most of it, but I think it's given us a great album."
Snow Patrol released their breakthrough album, "Eyes Open" in 2006, which included the worldwide Top 10 single "Chasing Cars." It sold 8 million copies worldwide. Their most recent album, 2008’s "A Hundred Million Suns," moved fewer units, but was still a Top 10 album worldwide, containing the hit single and video, "Take Back the City."
While they have yet to announce a U.S. tour, the band will perform on Monday, January 9 on CBS’s "The Late Show with David Letterman."
Watch the video for "Called Out in the Dark" here: