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2000 in Dallas, TX


Years Active:
'00s, '10s

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

Top Albums

1. Hold Yoursel..
Wait - EP, The Polyphonic Spree
2. Wait - EP
Thumbsucker (Original Score), The Polyphonic Spree
3. Thumbsucker ..
Yes, It's True., The Polyphonic Spree
4. Yes, It's Tr..
Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays, Vol. 1, The Polyphonic Spree
5. Holidaydream..
Psychphonic, The Polyphonic Spree
6. Psychphonic
The Beginning Stages Of..., The Polyphonic Spree
7. The Beginnin..
Together We're Heavy, The Polyphonic Spree
8. Together We'..
Live At Lollapalooza 2007: The Polyphonic Spree - EP, The Polyphonic Spree
9. Live At Loll..
Songs from the Rocky Horror Picture Show (Live), The Polyphonic Spree
10. Songs from t..
The Fragile Army, The Polyphonic Spree
11. The Fragile ..
Five Years (Live) - Single, The Polyphonic Spree
12. Five Years (..
It's the Sun (Live) - Single, The Polyphonic Spree
13. It's the Sun..
Austin City Limits: Polyphonic Spree - Live from Austin TX, The Polyphonic Spree
14. Austin City ..
Popular by Design - Single, The Polyphonic Spree
15. Popular by D..
You Don't Know Me - Single, The Polyphonic Spree
16. You Don't Kn..
You Don't Know Me - Single, The Polyphonic Spree
17. You Don't Kn..

Top Songs

Section 17 (Suitcase Calling)Together We're Heavy8:48$1.29
Section 16 (One Man Show)Together We're Heavy5:01$1.29
Section 14 (Two Thousand Places)Together We're Heavy5:19$1.29
Section 12 (Diamonds/Mild Devotion t..Together We're Heavy4:55$1.29
Section 12 (Hold Me Now)Together We're Heavy4:30$1.29
Section 11 (A Long Day Continues/We ..Together We're Heavy8:32$1.29
Light & DayMurderball3:23$0.99
You Don't Know Me (Set in Sand R..Psychphonic4:50$1.29
Blurry up the Lines (Jel Remix)Psychphonic4:24$1.29
Hold Yourself Up (Miaou Remix)Psychphonic4:55$1.29
What Would You Do? (Scott Hendy Remi..Psychphonic5:22$1.29
Popular by Design (Sunglitters Remix..Psychphonic4:22$1.29
You're Golden (Candy Claws Remix..Psychphonic2:55$1.29
Battlefield (K-Conjog Remix)Psychphonic6:59$1.29
Let Them Be (Still Current Remix)Psychphonic5:09$1.29
Carefully Try (Little People Remix)Psychphonic4:50$1.29
Raise Your Head (Rachel Boyd Remix)Psychphonic3:47$1.29
Heart Talk (Miyamigo Remix)Psychphonic5:41$1.29
You and IYes, I'm a Witch3:26$1.29
Popular by DesignPopular by Design - Single4:13$0.99
BullseyeYou Don't Know Me - Sin..5:54$1.29
CompostYou Don't Know Me - Sin..3:39$1.29
You Don't Know MeYou Don't Know Me - Sin..3:32$1.29
BattlefieldYes, It's True.7:27$0.99
What Would You Do?Yes, It's True.4:36$0.99

Top Music Videos

Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy), The Polyphonic Spree
1. Carol of the ...
A Working Elf's Theme, The Polyphonic Spree
2. A Working Elf...
Silver Bells (Reprise), The Polyphonic Spree
3. Silver Bells ...
White Christmas, The Polyphonic Spree
4. White Christm...
Silent Night, The Polyphonic Spree
5. Silent Night
Winter Wonderland, The Polyphonic Spree
6. Winter Wonder...
Let It Snow, The Polyphonic Spree
7. Let It Snow


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