The founders of Snow Patrol Gary Lightbody and Mark McClelland spent their childhood in Ireland. In 1994, they met while attending Dundee University in Scotland. While they were freshmen, the aspiring artists arranged music sessions in the room where Mark’s girlfriend lived. They invited a drummer Michael Morrison and tried playing rock. The young men were doing a pretty good job. The musicians decided to rehearse on a regular basis. In December 1994, they gave their first concert at the university. The initial name of the band was Shrug.
During the Christmas vacation, the group was rehearsing in Morrison’s family home in Belfast. The artists performed at the local stages, honing their skills. At the beginning of 1995, upon their return to Dundee, the musicians recorded their first EP, The Yogurt vs. Yogurt Debate, which they sent to record labels.
In 1996, Morrison left the band. Another drummer Richard Colburn took his place. In November, the group changed the name to Polarbear because Shrug was taken by another American group. In June 1997, the group released an EP, Starfighter Pilot. After the release, the artists had to come up with a new name since Polarbear was taken as well. That’s how they became Snow Patrol. The same year, another drummer, Jonny Quinn, joined the band.