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The Polyphonic Spree

When the Polyphonic Spree first appeared in 2000, the Dallas symphonic pop group was as much a band as a "happening," in the 1960s sense of the word. The Spree's two dozen members took the stage in flowing robes of snowy white, an appropriate backdrop for their happy and uplifting blend of pop, orchestral rock, and minimal touches of gospel. The costumes changed over the years, but the Polyphonic Spree's message remained consistent, drawing comparisons to the Flaming Lips and the Beach Boys with a smidgen of lively Godspell-like attitude thrown into the mix.

The Polyphonic Spree were founded by vocalist Tim DeLaughter, who fronted the band Tripping Daisy until 1999, when a drug overdose killed his bandmate Wes Berggren. Tripping Daisy subsequently folded, and DeLaughter pulled together surviving members of the group for the Polyphonic Spree, a massive collective that admitted more than 20 new members into its fold. The group put together a demo entitled The Beginning Stages of the Polyphonic Spree and distributed it to fans during a holiday performance; a Dallas-based indie label, Good Records, later issued the release. Boasting a ten-member choir, two keyboardists, percussion, bass guitar, flute, trumpets, trombone, violin, French horn, theremin, pedal steel, and an electronic effects wizard, the band had little trouble carving out its own unique niche.

DeLaughter emerged as the group's musical director and lead vocalist, and the Polyphonic Spree hit the road with more than a dozen full-sized vans. Despite the cumbersome nature of touring with an immense lineup, the band drew attention with its cathartic performances, including a gig during 2003's Reading Festival. The single "Follow the Day" was featured in Volkswagen commercials as well as the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack, which helped the Polyphonic Spree earn even more exposure. The group's proper debut, Together We're Heavy, was co-released by Good Records and Hollywood Records during the summer of 2004, garnering the Spree additional accolades despite a vicious review by Entertainment Weekly.

Released in 2007, the Wait EP found the band moving in a darker, slightly more atmospheric direction, and the band returned that summer with The Fragile Army, a reprise of the vibrant Technicolor sound of its earlier work. The band now sported black military outfits with red crosses stitched onto the front, signaling a newfound darkness that flecked The Fragile Army with brief flashes of melancholy and textured rock. As before, the Polyphonic Spree took their tent revival-esque show on the road, and the Live from Austin TX CD/DVD captured their strength as a live act later that year. In 2012, the psych-pop extravaganza decided to take on the challenge of holiday music, releasing Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays, Vol. 1, which found the band putting its own exuberant spin on some classic Christmas standards. Continuing to color the pop culture world with their brand of vibrant psychedelia, the band took on a cult classic and released the live album, Songs From the Rocky Horror Picture Show, in 2013, as well as the studio album, Yes, It's True. ~ Linda Seida & Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: Five Years (Live) - Single

Comments

You guys are right! Saw em on the fountain stage at bonnaroo not knowing who they were.. Glad I stayed! All that dancing and singing on stage just gets the crowd going! I love dance parties
i live in dallas, ive seen these cats over the years with different bands,Tim&co are great.
I absolutely love this song!! It barely ever plays :(..
can never get enough of this group!
Saw them open for Bowie at the Pond in Anaheim CA and they were awesome in every way. Full of life and energy so worth seeing it's like Arcade Fire meets Flaming Lips.
This song is shocking! Hypnotic... and transmits such a releasing feeling. This guys are amazing!
To really appreciate these guys you have to see them live, some of the best live music I've seen.
Tim Delaughter is one of the most underappreci a t e d artists of our time. This band is amazing and continues to inspire people all over the world! And I agree with everyone that said the live show is an EXPERIENCE.
They actually look like very clean hippies
Ive seen dozens of shows, theirs was the best. I need me a robe
Beautiful music but I can't help but to twitch uncontrollab l y everytime I see those robes. I keep thinking "F**KING HIPPIE CULT!" "GAHHH! F**KING DIRTY HIPPIES!"

Still though, beautiful music.
steve20828
Please, no.
Wow, some of the only tolerable choral music.
best live show EVER!!!!
petghost123
This 'band' annoys the hell out of me.
these dudes are one, and I like it
Mmmm, culty :)

I wish they played more than "Reach for the Sun" here. That's all I ever seem to hear :(
to hear them live is to die and go to Heaven....an experience like no other!!!!
jesus658
COooME to Frisco soon, please ... por favor! <> "You gotta B good, you gotta B strong, you gotta B 2000 places @ once"

8^)

HeyZeus
WHAT?! POLYPHONIC DID HEDWIG!?!?

NOW I'M COMPLETLY IN LOVE WITH THIS BAND! I THOUGHT MAYBE BEFORE, BUT NOW IT'S FOR CERTAIN!!!
Listening to a recording can not
compare to their live performances .
Live, they are amazing.
these guys r so awesome i need 2 learn how 2 play like them!!!
These guys are so weird! It's like their some technocolore d fluff cult that make light worshiping music! They sure are a trip live though!
theyre so insane... i like it i think. their sound is truly gigantic. like an entire symphony in this huge, sprawling band.
they scare me
i love the pps. i've seen them live once. o mon dieu!
Their music is so energizing and uplifting. Have seen them twice live, and they are fantastic!

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