Snow Patrol performed in South Africa a few years ago, so I’ve seen them play before, but somehow I don’t remember frontman Gary Lightbody being as amusing as he was on stage at Live on Letterman this evening. Perhaps it was the intimate venue, but his self-deprecating humour and jokes about hearts not looking like the way we draw them created a lively and light atmosphere as the group played some of their classic tracks, and a few new songs off of Fallen Empires, their latest album.
The title track from this ends the set – a truly rousing song the likes of which I don’t think we’ve seen from the band before. It’s anthemic, yes, with it’s “we are all lights” chorus, but it’s driven by a ukelele-and-bongo-combination that is a force all on its own.
Watch below, another glorious performance – the first in the series for 2012’s Live on Letterman – at the legendary Ed Sullivan Theatre.
Snow Patrol’s latest album releases today and they’ve just announced new tour dates.