For his new project called Tired Pony, Snow Patrol's frontman Gary Lightbody put together the makings for quite a hardy stew. Main ingredients are as follows: Peter Buck (R.E.M.'s guitarist), Richard Colburn (Belle & Sebastian's drummer), Scott McCaughey (R.E.M.), Iain Archer (Snow Patrol) and Jacknife Lee, who produced the whole thing. Adding spikes in flavor, Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward and Editors' Tom Smith drop in. The group got together in Portland, OR
this past January to record what ended up being ten songs for the album The Place We Ran From, released on 9/28.
Lightbody's long-time urge to make a country-esque album is what spearheaded the Tired Pony project. Though it doesn't at all appear like he succeeded in creating "country," The Place We Ran From delivers exactly what you would expect to bleed out of a Portland recording studio in January.
The album is romantic (albeit a bit dreary); it's full of lush harmonies, beautiful lyrics, and sophisticated sound. Those familiar with Snow Patrol's intimate, often-melancholic resonance will find Tired Pony to be reminiscent of just that. What we have here is Lightbody's "twisted love letter to the States."