Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody: ‘I was too frightened to even pick a pen up’

Writer's block ensured singer 'couldn't write a single word', he claims

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has revealed he suffered from such severe writer’s block while working on the band’s new album ‘Fallen Empires’ that he “was too frightened to even pick a pen up”.

The band released the LP – their sixth studio effort – earlier this month (November 11), but in an interview with the BBC, the singer confessed that he was “catatonic” with fright and “couldn’t write a single word” during early writing sessions for the album.

“Oh God, I never want to go through that again,” he said when asked about his creative struggle. “You’ve done the thing that you do every day of your life for 16 years and suddenly it’s removed from you.

“I just couldn’t write a single word. I was terrified. I couldn’t pick up my laptop, my notepad, or anything, for fear that I was going to sit there and stagnate. I was actually catatonic for most of it,” he added.

He then went on to reveal that he had conquered the block by forcing himself to write, commenting:

Avoiding writing is the worst possible thing to do – but that’s what I was doing. I was too frightened to even pick a pen up. So writers write: Even though it sounds so prosaic, it’s absolutely true. You do it until it works, and that’s what I did.

In September, Lightbody revealed that although the band had barely finished work on ‘Fallen Empires’, they had already written its follow-up. He also said that his bout of writer’s block had helped him craft better songs.

Snow Patrol will embark on a UK arena tour in 2012. They will play 10 arena dates in January and February next year.

The trek begins at Glasgow‘s SECC on January 27 and will run until February 10, when the band headline London‘s 20,000 capacity O2 Arena. Support on the tour will come from Everything Everything.

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