Snow Patrol have released Don’t Give In, the first single from their first studio album in seven years, Wildness.
The group, who release the follow up to 2011’s Fallen Empires on 25th May, will also be playing a series of intimate shows in London, Ireland, and Northern Ireland, to coincide with the LP’s arrival.
Tickets for these gigs, taking place at venues like Islington Assembly Hall, go on presale on 29th March if you pre-order Wildness before 5pm on 27th March via the Official Snow Patrol store. General onsale begins here on 30th March.
Don’t Give In, which is already accompanied by a music video, will also be released as a special limited 10-inch on Record Store Day.
“Don’t Give In was originally about a friend going through a tough time,” reveals Gary Lightbody, the band’s lead singer and songwriter, “but the more I wrote into it I realised it was about me and the struggle of making the album – which took five years and was not easy – coupled with the struggle with depression I’ve had since I was a kid, so it has become the talisman of the album. The song that became a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
The song also points to the album’s overarching lyrical themes of searching for clarity and connection.
Says Lightbody: “I think it’s the first record I’ve ever written that I haven’t just asked a bunch of questions. I actually tried to figure out why I was unhappy, why I feel out of place, why I’m afraid.
“There’s nothing really to protect myself for – it’s all in the album. I want to remember,” adds the singer, partially inspired by his father who has dementia.
“I think the album is defined by memory in a lot of ways, including my father’s loss of memory,” Lightbody explains.
“Seamus Heaney, my favourite poet of all time, said at 71 that he was only discovering what some of his poetry means, and this is coming from a Nobel Prize-winning poet. It’s a great testament to inspiration,” continues the frontman.
“Sometimes it takes you five years to write the thing. Like now. And you know for sure when you finish an album like that, where you’ve poured over every detail and put every atom of yourself into it, everything makes sense and I bet you I’m never not proud of this record.”
Snow Patrol Tour Dates
11th April: London, Islington Assembly Hall
11th May: Derry, Millennium Forum
12th May: Cork, Opera House
14th May: Killarney, INEC
15th May: Dublin, Olympia Theater
16th May: Wexford, Opera House
18th May: Galway, Leisureland
20th May: Belfast, Ulster Hall