The Beginning of a Band
The Polyphonic Spree is a choral rock band from Dallas, Texas that forms in 2000 by singer – songwriter Tim DeLaughter. The leader of the symphonic group! Formerly in a band called Tripping Daisy in 1999. During this particular time, the guitarist of the band dies from an overdose. In 2000, DeLaughter collaborates with 12 other musicians putting together a sound that reflects the music he grew up with.
Wanting to explore the orchestral palette and pop sensibility of The Beatles, The Association, The 5th Dimension, Wings. As well as, Electric Light Orchestra and The Beach Boys and the vocal style of Ozzy Osbourne from Black Sabbath. Just one big interesting blend of artists thrown into the melting pot! Two weeks later the band forms, donned their choir robes and are performing with the band Grandaddy and Bright Eyes. Then more members come on board and shortly after? The band records a demo. And they get an invitation to perform at SXSW. The South by Southwest music festival in Austin. That includes film, interactive media, musical performances and conferences.
The Press Goes Crazy for this band!
It’s no surprise that the people and the press was crazy for this band, they were different, there were a lot of members at the time and their music was uplifting! For those of us who saw this band live, it was over the top! It’s at this performance that I captured the band live during their performance at Stubb’s BBQ. Singing through the crowd, wearing colorful robes on the way up to the stage, around the stage. Walking front of the crowd hyping everyone up with each song. I have to say it was one of my most memorable performances at SXSW that year!
Beatle Bob Makes An Appearance!
Yes, Polyphonic Spree.” invited Beatle Bob up on stage to throw down groovy moves why they were performing. So yes, he’s also in the picture with the band! Another reason why the crowd was crazy. For those of you not familiar with Beatle Bob, he’s a well known figure in the St. Louis, Missouri music scene! Beatles-inspired “mop top” hairstyle and 1960s-style suits. He is often seen doing his characteristic dancing at a wide range of concerts. When he shows up, it’s a true party! He has seen over 10,000 bands over the last decade. I myself cannot say this! But he is a nice guy!
New Release – Afflatus 2021
Just like the rest of us, Covid Stopped the band from touring and they too had to cancel a lot of shows! As they say – “Every band has a Covid story. The Polyphonic Spree recorded theirs.” – Quote by “My Spilt Milk!” “Sharing in case ya wanna know more about us circa 2000, over time, and now.
So excited to be working on the new album since releasing Afflatus. An album composed entirely of cover songs. Furthermore, It will be the first release from the Spree since 2014′s remix album Psychphonic.
That’s it for this week, be sure to check back next week!
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Photo Credits: Michelle S.
The Polyphonic Spree, Don’t Change, Cadu Corrêa – The Polyphonic Spree – Light and Day.