The Place We Ran From

The Place We Ran From
The Place We Ran From
Studio album by Tired Pony
Released June 5, 2010 (2010-06-05)
Recorded January 5–12, 2010, at Type Foundry, Portland, Oregon, United States; with Tom Smith, Betsey Lee, and Esme Lee recorded in the Santa Monica Mountains and Zooey Deschanel recorded at East West, Hollywood, California, United States
Genre Indie folk, alternative country, alternative rock
Length 45:29
Label Mom and Pop, Fiction/Polydor
Producer Jacknife Lee
Singles from The Place We Ran From
  1. "Dead American Writers"
    Released: 2010 (2010)
  2. "Get on the Road"
    Released: 2010 (2010) (promo)

The Place We Ran From is the debut album by the alternative rock/alt country supergroup Tired Pony, released on July 5, 2010, through Polydor/Fiction in the United Kingdom and on July 28, 2010, in the United States by Mom and Pop. The album grew from what was initially a solo project for Snow Patrol songwriter Gary Lightbody which rapidly became a collaboration with members of Belle and Sebastian, R.E.M., and producer Jacknife Lee joining as well as contributions from actress and singer Zooey Deschanel, guitarist M. Ward, and Tom Smith of the indie rock group Editors.[1] The tracks were recorded over the course of one week in January 2010, in Portland, Oregon.[2] The album was recorded over the course of one week in January 2010 and charted in over a half dozen countries.



Lightbody had a "long-term ambition" of making a country album[3] and revealed the project's existence in May 2009. In the interview, he expressed his love for country music, which he said he had loved for a long time: "I always thought I had a country album in me and it turns out I did."[4] The rest of Snow Patrol expressed excitement for their band-mate, "delighted that [Lightbody was] getting to exercise all his crazy ideas."[5] In October 2009, Lightbody in his blog on Snow Patrol's website revealed the members of the group to be Richard Colburn (of Belle & Sebastian), Iain Archer, singer Miriam Kaufmann (Archer's wife), and Jacknife Lee. He talked about two more members whom he was very excited about, but didn't name them.[6][7] He also stated that the album won't be country as was being reported,[4][8][9][10] but would be "country-tinged".[6] In January 2010, Hot Press reported Peter Buck (of R.E.M.) to be a member of the group. Lightbody described Buck as one of his "all-time heroes" and admired his talent for playing a variety of instruments.[7]


The lead single from The Place We Ran From was "Dead American Writers",[11] released one week prior on Compact Disc and 7". A music video was directed by Paul Fraser featuring Joseph Gilgun lip syncing the lyrics.[12] "Dead American Writers" includes "I Finally Love This Town" as a B-Side; the song was later made available through the band's site as a free download. "Get on the Road" was released as a promotional single with an instrumental version of the track as its B-side.

The band also toured through summer and autumn of 2010.


Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100
Review scores
Source Rating

Rolling Stone gave the album a rating of four stars.[13]

Sales chart performance

Chart (2010) Peak Position
Belgium Album Chart 24[14]
Billboard 200 191[15]
Dutch Album Chart 14[14]
Irish Album Chart 27[14]
Top Heatseekers 8[15]
Top Independent Albums 33[15]
UK Albums Chart 17[14]

Track listing

All songs written by Tired Pony

  1. "Northwestern Skies" – 3:49
  2. "Get on the Road" – 4:45
  3. "Point Me to Lost Islands" – 3:11
  4. "Dead American Writers" – 2:34
  5. "Held in the Arms of Your Words" – 6:40
  6. "That Silver Necklace" – 3:49
  7. "I Am a Landslide" – 5:43
  8. "The Deepest Ocean There Is" – 4:58
  9. "The Good Book" – 3:04
  10. "Pieces" – 6:56
American iTunes Store pre-order bonus track
  1. "In the Stockade"
Japanese edition bonus track
  1. "I Finally Love This Town" – 4:58
Compact Disc + MP3 download bonus tracks
  1. "In the Stockade"
  2. "Your Bible"

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom June 5, 2010 Polydor/Fiction Digital download[16]
July 11, 2010 Compact Disc 6 02527 42262 6
LP 6 02527 46636 1
United States September 28, 2010 Mom and Pop Compact Disc + MP3 8 58275 00182 2


Tired Pony
Additional musicians
  • Paul Brainard – pedal steel
  • Fred Chalenor – upright bass
  • Zooey Deschanel – vocals on "Get on the Road" and "Point Me to Lost Islands"
  • Betsy Lee – vocals
  • Esme Lee – vocals
  • Chris McCormack – electric guitar
  • Ellen Osborn – vocals
  • Anna Shelton – bowed saw
  • Tom Smith – vocals on "The Good Book"
  • Annalisa Tornfelt – fiddle, violin
  • Alex Valdivieso – backing vocals
  • M. Ward – electric guitar and harmony vocal
Technical personnel
  • Sam Bell – engineering, mixing
  • Vivian Johnson – photography
  • Dan Kaufmann – design
  • Jason Powers – assistant
  • Adam Selzer – assistant
  • Nigel Walton – mastering at the Edit Suite, London, England, United Kingdom


  1. ^ "Snow Patrol and REM join forces". BBC News. BBC. 2010-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Gary Lightbody : Diary : tired pony". Snow Patrol. 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  3. ^ "Gary Lightbody to go solo". Xfm. 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody going solo". NME. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Iain Archer confirms Belfast gig + Gary Lightbody collaboration plans". Hot Press. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Lightbody, Gary (13 October 2009). "Book 'em danno". Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Gary Lightbody works with Peter Buck". Hot Press. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Murray, Robin (5 May 2009). "Gary Lightbody goes solo". Clash. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Rogers, Georgie (5 May 2009). "Gary Lightbody solo". BBC. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  10. ^ MacNeill, Jason (13 October 2009). "Snow Patrol singer prepping two side projects". CHARTattack. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  11. ^ "Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody announces REM collaboration album | News". NME. 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  12. ^ "Tired Pony, 'Dead American Writers' – Video Premiere – Spinner UK". 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  13. ^ "Album Revies The Place We Ran From". Rolling Stone. 2010-06-05. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Tired Pony – The Place We Ran From – Music Charts". Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  15. ^ a b c "The Place We Ran From – Tired Pony". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  16. ^ "The Place We Ran From by Tired Pony". iTunes Store. 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The Proms — The Proms, more formally known as The BBC Proms, or The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, is an eight week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal… …   Wikipedia

  • The Nimmo Twins — are a sketch comedy duo from Norfolk, UK comprising Owen Evans and Karl Minns. Formed in 1996 in Norwich, they first came to national attention after their show Posh Spice Nude was a sell out success at the 1997 Edinburgh Festival. Appearances on …   Wikipedia

  • The Partridge Family — Series title screen Genre Sitcom Created by Bernard Slade …   Wikipedia

  • The Wizard of Oz (adaptations) — The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a 1900 novel by L. Frank Baum, which has been adapted into several different works, the most famous being the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz , starring Judy Garland.Many of the adaptations have themselves been adapted… …   Wikipedia

  • The Improv — is a comedy club founded in 1963 in New York City. A second location was opened in 1974 at 8162 Melrose Avenue in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, California.Started by Budd Friedman, it was the place to see Richard Pryor, Robert Klein, Steve …   Wikipedia

  • The Den (television) — For the RTÉ radio station, see RTÉ 2fm. The Den Launched September 29 , 1986 Closed September 19, 2010 Owned by Raidió Teilifís Éireann Picture format PAL I standard Audience share 8.5% (October 2009 …   Wikipedia

  • The Krypton Factor — Infobox Television show name = The Krypton Factor caption = The Krypton Factor Logo (1986 91) format = Game show runtime = 30 minutes creator = Jeremy Fox presenter = Gordon Burns (All series) Penny Smith (Series 18) voices = Charles Foster num… …   Wikipedia

  • The Lone Ranger — Infobox actor imagesize = 175px caption = Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger The Lone Ranger is an American, long running, old time radio and early television show created by George W. Trendle (with considerable input from station staff members),… …   Wikipedia

  • The Weather Channel — For the Australian Weather Channel with the same name, see The Weather Channel (Australia). The Weather Channel, LLC TWC logo Launched May 2, 1982 Owned by NBCUniversal ( …   Wikipedia

  • Place Vendôme — For other uses, see Place Vendome (disambiguation). 1er Arrt …   Wikipedia