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Snow Patrol feels Vibrations

Snow Patrol’s drummer Johnny Quinn talks about the band’s role on Terri Hooley biopic Good Vibrations.

Snow Patrol is the latest British band (following Coldplay) to try its hand at producing movies, coming on board Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s biopic about Bel- fast’s ‘godfather of punk’ Terri Hooley, Good Vibrations, which has its market premiere here today and is being sold by The Works.

Snow Patrol drummer Johnny Quinn used to buy records from Hooley’s shop, before going on to work there and even play in his band. “Over the years Terri started coming to our gigs, so we had that personal attachment,” says Quinn, speaking to Screen from Phoenix, Arizona, where the Northern Irish band was on tour. “Everyone knows about the Troubles, but music was the one thing where it didn’t matter which side you were from.”

As well as helping out financially, the band played a gig at Belfast’s Ulster Hall to draw a crowd for a scene in the film. While Quinn says he is more than happy with the way the film has turned out, the band won’t be giving up their day jobs. “It’s a lot harder to make a movie than an album, that’s for sure.”

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