There was no way I wasn't going to like Tired Pony, the collaboration of Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and a host of friends, most notably (for me) Peter Buck of REM. Lightbody's sound is so distinct that even when he isn't fronting Snow Patrol, much of his music still sounds like them. Since I adore Snow Patrol, I'm good with that. The The Place We Ran From is filled with classic Lightbody themes.... love, loss, life. Lightbody, who hails from Northern Ireland and has spent a chunk of his adult life in Scotland, has admitted this album is a dalliance with American country music and culture, calling it a “twisted love letter to the States”. If that was his goal, I think he's missed his mark, though the album is good, nonetheless.
Dead American Writers is the first single off the album, which was released here in the States in late September. The instrumentation is slightly different (more countrified??) but otherwise, it is full-on Snow Patrol.
Tired Pony live shows are extremely few and far between, so if you like what you hear, you should get a copy of the album and if you are a Snow Patrol fan, this is definitely for you. Let me know what you think.