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REM and Snow Patrol team up

Tired Pony will play live dates after releasing a debut album in the summer

  • 14/05/2010
  • Adrian Larkin
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Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has joined forces with REM guitarist Peter Buck, as well as a host of A-list musicians to record a country concept album.

The name of the project is Tired Pony, and the band's album includes contributions from actress Zooey Deschanel and Tom Smith from rock group The Editors.

Lightbody described the record - called The Place We Ran From - as a "twisted love letter to the States".
He added that the band would play a concert in London to support the album.

"We just wanted to do a gig as soon as possible, to let people see that it was a proper band, not just this odd floating idea," Lightbody told BBC 6 Music.

"It seemed crazy to do something as good as this record is and just walk away from it," added Buck. "There'll hopefully be some shows and maybe another record."

The Tired Pony project came together after Lightbody sketched ideas for a country album in a notebook during Snow Patrol's 2009 world tour.

"I can't get away with writing pure country music because I haven't lived that life," he explained, "but I love it so much that I always wanted to try my hand at it."

"It's inspired by my love of Wilco, Calexico, Lambchop, Palace, Smog - these bands that look at the darkness in America."

The singer said he intended to record the music with friends, including Snow Patrol's guitar technician Troy Stewart  but Garrett "Jacknife" Lee hinted that it would be a good idea to go for Buck after after working with REM.

"That was the icing on the cake for me," Lightbody said "because I'm such a fan."

Buck said he had "no idea what was going to happen" when he entered the recording studio, but the band gelled "by the second day". 

The Place We Ran From will be released on 12 July by Fiction records.

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