In a post on his favorite things Scottish, Tyler Cowen comes up empty when looking for a favorite Scottish band.
I heartily recommend Snow Patrol. Jangly guitar, lyrics that are not banal, lyrical but not too melodic composition. Kind of in the intersection of Coldplay, Pearl Jam (and I largely say that because of some similarities of composition and lead singer’s voice), Oasis and The Verve. Really neat stuff.
And, if transitivity holds, Tyler should like them given that he and I are fellow XTC-fan music nerds. I love XTC. Love them. Snow Patrol is not as Beatles-esque melodic as XTC.