Scottish rockers Snow Patrol had a prodigious amount of material to choose for its latest album, "A Hundred Million Suns" -- "a few hundred songs" according to frontman and sole remaining founding member Gary Lightbody.
But, he adds, winnowing the pile down to the final 11, including the singles "Take Back the City" and "Crack the Shutters," was not particularly difficult.
"The ones that made the record ended up picking themselves," explains Lightbody, 33. "They generally do. Sure, there are a few...shall we call them discussions, about the songs, but they never ended in clawing each other's eyes out or silently fuming for days on end.
"We generally have the same mind about the big picture; it's the details we differ on from time to time. But we're all after the same thing -- perfection, and when we find it we'll let everybody know -- so it's never worth a fall-out."
The good news, Lightbody adds, is that the process has held up for he and his four bandmates.
"I listened to (the album) again, and I was still loving it," says Lightbody, adding that he usually [i]doesn't[/i] listen to Snow Patrol's albums once they're finished and released. "We did re-record 'Planets' for the single version, and I would probably have rather had that version on the album, but that's a little nitpicky.
"I think it's our bravest record, and I'm very proud. It's given a jumping-off point to be yet braver on the next. And we will -- naked acid/funk/metal/jazz fusion, anyone?"
Snow Patrol and Plain White T's perform at 6:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 14) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $40, $35 and $30. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.
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