The Ghost of the Mountain by Tired Pony on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tired Pony—the indie rock supergroup assembled by Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, starring R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey, Belle & Sebastian’s Richard Colburn, and producer Garret “Jacknife” Lee—returns with a second chapter of love letters to America. These 12 songs follow a film-noir-worthy couple through their trials and tribulations while the band behind them veers away from traditional alt.country Americana to nail down the scenes. The sessions were recorded quickly, and the expert multi-instrumentalists kept the songs alive with a particularly healthy army of backing vocalists, including Bronagh Gallagher, Kim Topper, and Minnie Driver. The night may be dark, but songs such as “I’m Begging You Not to Go,” “Blood,” “All Things at Once," and “Punishment” often capture a peculiar amount of life and joy in the less-than-ideal situations. Only on “Wreckage and Bone” and the album’s finale, “Your Way Is the Way Home,” do things sound like the couple might be at a dead end where Lightbody can’t help them. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tired Pony—the indie rock supergroup assembled by Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, starring R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey, Belle & Sebastian’s Richard Colburn, and producer Garret “Jacknife” Lee—returns with a second chapter of love letters to America. These 12 songs follow a film-noir-worthy couple through their trials and tribulations while the band behind them veers away from traditional alt.country Americana to nail down the scenes. The sessions were recorded quickly, and the expert multi-instrumentalists kept the songs alive with a particularly healthy army of backing vocalists, including Bronagh Gallagher, Kim Topper, and Minnie Driver. The night may be dark, but songs such as “I’m Begging You Not to Go,” “Blood,” “All Things at Once," and “Punishment” often capture a peculiar amount of life and joy in the less-than-ideal situations. Only on “Wreckage and Bone” and the album’s finale, “Your Way Is the Way Home,” do things sound like the couple might be at a dead end where Lightbody can’t help them. 

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About Tired Pony

Formed by Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody as an outlet for his fascination with country music, Tired Pony began taking shape in May 2009. By October, the solo project had grown into a full-fledged supergroup featuring another Snow Patrol veteran, Iain Archer, his wife Miriam Kaufmann, producer/musician Jacknife Lee, Belle & Sebastian percussionist Richard Colburn, auxiliary R.E.M. member Scott McCaughey, and Troy Stewart. Peter Buck joined several months later, and Tired Pony traveled to Portland in early 2010 to record their debut album. Featuring guest appearances by Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, and Editors frontman Tom Smith, The Place We Ran From was finished in one week and released later that year.

The album was well received by many fans and the supergroup subsequently went on tour in both the U.K. and across America. Lightbody reassembled Tired Pony in 2012 and began writing music for their sophomore record. They retreated to Jacknife Lee's California-based home studio, where they recorded the tracks for The Ghost of the Mountain. The album arrived in 2013 and featured a small number of guest appearances, including vocalist Bronagh Gallagher and actress Minnie Driver. ~ Andrew Leahey & Scott Kerr

  • FORMED
    May 2009

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