Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody is set to release his latest project, Tired Pony, on September 28th via Mom + Pop. A band and not a solo effort, Tired Pony boasts an enviable all-star line-up: Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of R.E.M., Belle and Sebastian’s Richard Colburn (who has toured with Snow Patrol on occasion), mega-producer Garret “Jacknife” Lee, and frequent Patrol collaborators  Troy Stewart and Iain Archer.

So the story goes, the seeds for The Place We Ran From were sown during the Patrol’s tour behind 2008′s A Hundred Million Suns, when Lightbody found himself “writing songs for an imaginary band.” Once tour the tour wrapped, Lightbody flew to Portland, Oregon, and settled into the Type Foundry studio with Stewart, Archer, Colburn and Lee, with Buck and McCaughey joining up later. Inspired by the works of “Wilco, Calexico, Lambchop, Palace, Smog and more,” Lightbody set out to make, according to the press materials, an ”American gothic album, a country-tinged gem that looked at the darkness of America.” “I wanted to write a twisted love-letter to the States,” he says.

Recording sessions for the album lasted a week, thanks to the instituted “no more than two takes” rule. Standouts are: “Point Me at Lost Islands,” featuring She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel, “Northwestern Skies,” “Get on the Road,” (also with Deschanel), and “The Good Book,” with the Editors’ Tom Smith on vox. Additional snippets can be heard at the Tired Pony YouTube channel.

Lightbody spoke to us briefly in November 2009 about his working relationship with Lee, saying, “I don’t leave the house without Garret Lee. Naomi Campbell famously said she doesn’t get out of bed in the morning for less than $10,000, so I don’t get out of bed in the morning without Garret Lee! I know that’s gonna sound weird!”

The Place We Ran From Tracklisting:
1. Northwestern Skies
2. Get On The Road
3. Point Me At Lost Islands
4. Dead American Writers
5. Held In The Arms Of Your Words
6. That Silver Necklace
7. I Am A Landslide
8. The Deepest Ocean There Is
9. The Good Book
10. Pieces

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