Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, producer Jacknife Lee and Belle & Sebastian drummer Richard Colburn form the foundation of the new supergroup Tired Pony. Back in January, the group came together in a Portland, Oregon studio for one week to lay down the tracks for their debut album The Place We Ran From, due out September 28th. The album also features contributions from She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward as well as Tom Smith of Editors.
“I wanted to make a very American record,” Lightbody says of the side project. “It’s inspired by my love of Wilco, Calexico, Lambchop, Palace, Smog, these bands that look at the darkness in America. I wanted to write a twisted love-letter to the States. This is the first record I’ve written that isn’t about me and my love life, primarily. These are all stories, told in the first person I guess, but not necessarily with me in the central role, just me talking through various characters. I don’t do that ever. I just wanted to approach this record totally differently. It’s certainly different to Snow Patrol.”
Above, watch Tired Pony in the studio as the supergroup performs an intimate rendition of their The Place We Ran From track “Point Me At Lost Islands.”
Tired Pony will make two North American appearances: On October 1 at Irving Plaza in New York CIty and October 4 at the El Rey in Los Angeles.