Tired Pony is a new super-group consisting of Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, and Belle & Sebastian’s Richard Colburn. A pretty impressive lineup, full of three pretty different bands in their own right.
The band will release their debut album, The Place We Ran From, on July 12th in the U.K. The official U.S. release isn’t until September 28th, which is frustrating. The album will be all over the internet by then, so it doesn’t make sense.
Anyway, the album will feature guest spots from the likes of Zooey Deschenal, M. Ward, and Tom Smith, of The Editors fame. If you are quick you can grab the Zooey Deschenal featured song, “Point Me At Islands” as a free mp3 right here (heads up – doing so automatically signs you up for their mailing list). The band said the offer is only good for a day, and this is a late night post, so who knows when it will end. If you are unsuccessful in obtaining the goods, let me know and I may be able to “point you in the right direction”.
Pitchfork reports that Gary Lightbody calls the album “a twisted love letter to the States”. He says he started the group in part because of how much he loves Americana/Alt-Country acts such as: Wilco, Calexico, Lambchop, Palace, & Smog. From the sound of “Point Me At Islands”, the band has captured the essence of a good alt-country song. Having the always lovely Zooey Deschenal add vocals certainly helps.
Could Tired Pony’s debut be the ultimate soundtrack to summer 2010 road trips? Looks like it is an early front runner.