“A gentle and mellifluous set of songs, it’s an album that’s haunted by a deep and evocative sense of fragile melancholy…an album for lost, lonely times.” – Clash
“The instruments and textures enter, drop out, augment, hold back, enter again, with a subtlety that, without warning, will burst suddenly into violent visceral life.” – Sunday Times Culture
“It’s the best work Lightbody has done….” – Q Magazine
Tired Pony, spearheaded by Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, is a collaborative project featuring the talents of R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Belle and Sebastian’s Richard Colburn, acclaimed producer Jacknife Lee and more. Their debut album – The Place We Ran From (which released September 28th; Mom + Pop) was born after Gary Lightbody decamped to Portland, Oregon’s Type Foundry studio. He invited along Troy Stewart, a regular touring member of Snow Patrol; Iain Archer, a longtime Snow Patrolcollaborator; Richard Colburn, Belle & Sebastian’s drummer and former collaborator with Lightbody in Reindeer Section; and producer Garret “Jacknife” Lee (U2, Bloc Party), who helped to recruit Tired Pony’s final two members: Peter Buck from R.E.M. and Scott McCaughey, R.E.M.’s full-time auxiliary member since 1994.
Inspired by his love of Wilco, Calexico, Lambchop, Palace, Smog and more, Gary set out to make what could be called an American gothic album, a country-tinged gem that looked at the darkness of America. Bringing in She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward and The Editors’ Tom Smith for guest turns, the album was made quickly, with the entire recording session lasting only a week. At the end of it all, the players felt so close and so connected, they decided to take Tired Pony out of the studio and into the world.