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Snow Patrol Explains ‘Shutters’

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Snow Patrol front man Gary Lightbody recently talked to Spin about the creation and meaning of his band's new single, "Crack the Shutters." In the interview, Lightbody explained that the song was the most "natural" on the album.

Snow Patrol front man Gary Lightbody recently talked to SPIN about the creation and meaning of his band’s new single, ‘Crack the Shutters’. In the interview, he explained that the song was the most natural on the album. He wrote the album on piano, something that he doesn’t normally try because, “I’m not a particularly good pianist. In fact, using the word pianist in a sentence with my name in it is a stretch,” joked Lightbody. “We were just working a bunch of ideas, [and] I was just tinkering around on this piano, and I started playing the first bars of it and then we went into the studio and we put it down, and it sort of came out almost fully formed from that day.” Lightbody said the song came so naturally that the final take used on the album is almost identical in structure to the initial version of the song that he originally laid down. However, the music wasn’t the only thing that came naturally, according to Lightbody. “Lyrically, ‘crack the shutters open wide’ was one of the first lyrics that I wrote on it. It felt very natural. It’s the most natural song on the record,” he said. “It’s about the most natural thing in the world, just simply about waking up with someone, just an extraordinary person and just how you feel glad to be alive. Its something that’s appeared on a lot of our albums, the concept of true happiness. I really enjoyed writing with it.” The song is the latest single from Snow Patrol’s album A Hundred Million Suns, in stores now.