Song of the Day : Tired Pony – Dead American Writers
Well as mysteries reveal themselves and as the tonalities, landscapes and emotions change slightly as new bands form organically in the misty musicological amorphous sludge that is the beating heart of the sea of inspiration from which we derive our musical genius, I’ve just recently discovered that the singer of Snow Patrol, Gary Lightbody, actually was also the front man for the band Reindeer Section, and has now moved to creating an album with an assembled group of individuals whom they call Tired Pony. Tired Pony, having just produced the album The Place We Ran From features this song “Dead American Writers” as you see in the music video above. Before anyone had heard much of Snow Patrol, I remember them being a great indie band that I’d discovered by following the “Customers who bought this album also liked” links on Amazon.com (which is another great way to discover and find new indie music by the way).
This new album from Tired Pony is supposedly moving in a slightly different genre direction than Snow Patrol and Reindeer Section towards a country influenced alternative rock that should hopefully bring appreciation to the hearts of square dancers, horseback riders, and probably a million and a half mid-westerners across the Great Basin who may have never square danced or ridden a horse but who listen to country music every day. I appreciate their efforts and this song is worthy of good praise. Although, I wonder what the term “country” brings to mind to people living in Lightbody’s native land of Scotland.
I particularly like the music video, for it’s complete lack of traditional “this video will help us promote our band by making them look cool or by making them seem like a big name” types of sentiments. Instead it gives the impression of boredom with traditional music videology and music label marketing teams. Maybe it took a marketing team to come up with the concept for the video, but either way it runs counter to the hyped enthusiastic feel-good commercialism that is supposed to make you want to buy the album so you can be transported into some kind of alternate reality where things are somehow preferable to your every day life.
So good for them! And thus, behold, your indie, alternative country music Song of the Day. Ta da!