"When the band gets together, the sum of our parts is expansive and bold and somehow unifying, especially when you hear a big crowd singing along to it. Some rock is big and dumb, I think ours is big and intelligent.""I'm just a music whore," says Wainwright."When they got in touch to ask if I'd sing with them, I said, 'Send me the song.' " Whereupon, says Lightbody, "We thought we'd better write it."Eyes Open, Snow Patrol's two million-selling album on which the song features, rakes over the coals of a past love affair with almost single-minded lyrical focus."Since they fell for each other, they've hardly been out of each other's sight.I'm afraid the news will break many fan's hearts - Gary is a bit of a pin-up".But even that breakthrough paled alongside the achievements of its sequel, Eyes Open, which outsold Take That and the Arctic Monkeys to become the UK's biggest record of 2006.They're back: Snow Patrol's new album, A Hundred Million Suns, is out on Monday 'When we started selling millions, I was dumfounded,' says the softly spoken 32-year-old, who formed the five-piece band when he was studying English at the University Of Dundee, in 1994.News of the couple’s split surfaced at the end of November after Courteney was photographed without her engagement ring.The 39-year-old Snow Patrol guitarist reportedly returned to Derry following the break-up.
Throughout, they refused all major interviews – until Live invited them to headline our music special...Watch the video: Set the Fire to the Third Bar 'I have had songs written about me before, but it's the first time anyone has ever asked me to sing on one," Martha Wainwright wryly notes about her guest appearance on Snow Patrol's icy new single of yearning desire, Set the Fire to the Third Bar.Daughter of folk legends Kate Mc Garrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, sister of baroque singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, Martha had a childhood that was documented in song, particularly by her largely absent father, whose I'd Rather Be Lonely is a merciless account of a year they lived together in New York, when Martha was 14.Gary is justifiably proud of the way in which the track touched people: 'Chasing Cars is now public property.It elicits feelings of happiness, and feelings of sadness that lead to some well-needed tears. We've all been through times when music has provided some sort of release.' Having taken a well-deserved break after touring, Snow Patrol are back with their fifth album, A Hundred Million Suns.