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Tired Pony Return on 'I Don't Want You as a Ghost' – Song Premiere

Supergroup with R.E.M., Snow Patrol members readies new LP

August 26, 2013 7:55 AM ET
Tired Pony
Tired Pony
Isaac Hecker

Click to listen to Tired Pony's "I Don't Want You As a Ghost"

When Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Richard Colburn of Belle and Sebastian began working on their next album as Tired Pony, they had something special from the start: opening song "I Don't Want You as a Ghost." "It was the first song we recorded and is maybe the defining song on the record," Lightbody tells Rolling Stone. "I Don't Want You as a Ghost" strolls unhurriedly behind warm guitar, easy drums and an enveloping chorus of voices – a vibe that pleased Lightbody. "[It] has that lovely country-soul atmosphere," he says.

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Along with Lightbody, Buck and Colburn, Tired Pony includes Iain Archer, Scott McCaughey, Troy Stewart and Garret "Jacknife" Lee. "I Don't Want You as a Ghost" will be on their forthcoming album, The Ghost of the Mountain, due October 1st.

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