Release Date: Sep 28, 2010
Record label: Mom & Pop Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
It's an achievement of sorts that, after pulling in an "Americana" supergroup featuring the likes of REM's Peter Buck and Belle & Sebastian's Richard Colburn, Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody has managed to end up with a band that sound, well, pretty much like Snow Patrol. The slightly more country-rock instrumentation aside, this is still Lightbody in default mode: turning dark or maudlin subjects into epic, yearning anthems that raise hands or mobile phones into the air. Still, his best songs have a disarming, even humbling quality, and the beautifully widescreen likes of Northwestern Skies and Get on the Road find yet more mileage in Lightbody's favourite but ironic theme of escape.
The liner notes to Tired Pony’s first album read like a “who’s who” of indie rock royalty, listing credits from the band’s core lineup -- including Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, producer/musician Jacknife Lee, and Belle & Sebastian's Richard Colburn -- and the hip guest list, which features cameos by the likes of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Yet despite the full roster, The Place We Ran From sounds more like a Lightbody solo album than a collaborative project.
Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody gets some Americana out his system. Andrew Perry 2010 The side projects of internationally famous rock stars are very often worth a listen just for their sheer folly, but the name of this one promises nothing so entertaining – and rightly so. Tired Pony are Gary Lightbody’s brainchild, something he dreamt of doing while on the long haul around the States with his main band.