The pressures of the last year take their toll…

Snow Patrol have sacked bassist MARK McCLELLAND, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

The band are currently writing songs for the follow-up to their breakthrough album ’Final Straw’.

However, NME.COM has learned that McClelland is no longer part of the group.

A statement issued to NME.COM reads: “Snow Patrol have parted company with bass player Mark McClelland. Following a life-changing year in 2004, Snow Patrol found themselves under a whole set of new and unexpected pressures. These pressures have unfortunately taken their toll on working relationships within the band, and it was felt that that Snow Patrol could not move forward with Mark as a member.

”Coming to this decision was the hardest thing the remaining band members have ever faced, it was reached with much regret. The band have not appointed a new member, and are currently in rural Ireland writing the follow up to ‘Final Straw’.”