Snow Patrol news & community since 2008. ‘I Haven’t Been This Free Since I Was 21’ Says Tired Pony’s Peter Buck

TP_London_06Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody and former REM guitarist Peter Buck know all about paying their dues. The rockers – who play London’s Barbican Centre on Saturday as part of country-rock supergroup Tired Pony – both languished in obscurity before conquering the world’s arenas.

But the wilderness years allowed Irishman Lightbody, 37, and American Buck, 56, to hone the skills that produced anthems like Chasing Cars and Everybody Hurts.

I couldn’t tune a guitar when we made the first Snow Patrol album,’ Gary admits. ‘If we’d been successful too quickly, I’d have left a trail of destruction behind me.’

Buck goes further: ‘If the first REM album, Murmur, had sold a million, I’d be dead or insane by now. We were young and stupid, and we wouldn’t have been able to handle success.’

Buck’s latest collaboration with Lightbody — they first worked together three years ago — arrives at an interesting time. With REM disbanded, and Buck’s 19-year-old twin daughters, Zelda and Zoe, at university, the guitarist is at a loose end. ‘I haven’t been this free since I was 21,’ he says.

The Ghost Of The Mountain is a progression from their 2010 debut, The Place We Ran From. More polished, it combines alternative country, electronics and big, soulful rock numbers.

Lightbody devised a narrative, based around two characters — one male and one female — for the album which allows for cameos from female vocalist Kim Topper, Irish actress Bronagh Gallagher (who appeared in The Commitments) and Minnie Driver (in great voice on Your Way Is The Way Home).

‘I wanted a female presence,’ Gary explains. ‘Bronagh is soulful; Kim has this strange, Bjork-like quality; and Minnie has a lovely country voice. I met her after I did music for her film, I Give It A Year, and asked her to sing with me.’

Tired Pony play the Barbican on September 14th ( The Ghost Of The Mountain is out now on Fiction.

 To read the article at its source go to Dailymail’s website.

Categorised in: Articles, The Ghost Of The Mountain, Tired Pony

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