The best, though, is the Talk Talkish, sly new-wave pop tones of "The Beginning Of The End", Lightbody and Archer splitting vocal duties to enlivening effect.
All in all though, at the end of this long set, it’s hard not to feel sympathy for Tired Pony’s titular nag, knackered as my ears are.
The general air of good-natured muso self-contentment that snugly muffles tonight’s gig aside (an all-seated venue and REM man Peter Buck’s quite unbelievably smug guitar face probably doesn’t help), such is the gentle, ambling, jangling nature of most of these songs, that the pleasant weariness of Tired Pony’s trail soon turns sour.
Peter Buck: Have you ever tuned into the spy channels, the ones where they just go X 31? Continue reading: Tired Pony - Interview It's hardly the most obvious collaboration in British music - One Direction's Harry Styles joining forces with 'Chasing Cars' songwriter Gary Lightbody to pen some siogs together. We've no idea if those songs will make it yet, though. It's great to work with other people - it's good to flex the muscle."After Harry's previous duet with indie band Burning Beaches' singer Sam Mc Carthy, flustered fans took to Twitter, fearing Styles was about to jump ship to pursue his own separate musical interests.
Snow Patrol frontman Lightbody has spoken of his experience of working with the boyband heartthrob with the famous bouffant: "We wrote with Harry. Continue reading: Harry Styles & Snow Patrol: A New 'Direction'?
It's a tricky subject but they would always be my second team.
"I've not really seen too many reasons for me not to support them but I know other people have their reasons." Lightbody faced a raft of online abuse after declaring on Twitter support for the Republic, his second team, as he says.
This doesn't mean that Tired Pony are going down the usual acoustic route; their onstage ensemble is still consisting of 12 people which, by most standards, would be a rather elaborate set-up but Gary was quick to point out that the number and style is still 'stripped down' for them.
Walking into a surreal conversation about American spy channels and the Illuminati, Contact Music spoke to Gary Lightbody and Peter Buck of Tired Pony before their afternoon set at Bushmills Live. Expect a third Tired Pony album, juggling and close up hand magic at their shows, and a "big" Snow Patrol album that will aim for "the far reaches of the universe" next year.
Anything that leans too close to Snow Patrol’s doe-eyed indie balladry suffers from the fact that this muso-cushioned setting doesn’t have the impetuous explosiveness of that band’s best songs (c’mon, everyone secretly likes "Run", admit it).
"Ravens And Wolves", though, with its dark and moody rock workout and the funky, krauty groove of "Punishment" raise the pulse.
Continue reading: Snow Patrol's Recipe For A Happy Career Ross King and Gary Lightbody - 25th Annual Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival in association with Variety Magazine at Santa Monica - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 14th March 2015Ross King and Gary Lightbody - 25th Annual Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival in association with Variety Magazine at Santa Monica - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 13th March 2015Contactmusic interviewed Gary Lightbody's side-project Tired Pony recently, and the Snow Patrol frontman revealed we may not have long to wait for a new Snow Patrol offering.
When it came to talking about the next Tired Pony album, Lightbody stated that 'there's a while to wait' as there may not be time for one in the near future.
The singer followed that up by calling on Ireland fans to go to the gig at the Centrum Stocznia Gdanska, an old warehouse in the shipyard where German u-boats were built in the Second World War 2.