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The Polyphonic Spree

The Polyphonic Spree


Years Active: 2000 to present

Genre: Choral symphonic rock Psychedelic pop

Country: United States


Tim DeLaughter (lead vocals, guitar, piano)
Nick Wlodarczyk (trombone)
Audrey Easley (flute, piccolo)
Jay Jennings (trumpet)
Matt Bricker (trumpet)
Nick Groesch (piano)
Evan Hisey (organ, synthesizer)
Bryan Wakeland (drums)
Mark Pirro (bass guitar)
Cory Helms (guitar)
Elizabeth Brown (choir vocals)
Jennie Kelley (choir vocals)
Kristin Hardin (vocals)
Apotsala Wilson (vocals)
Jessica Jordan (vocals)
Tamara Cauble (violin)
Rick Nelson (violin, viola, upright bass)
Buffi Jacobs (cello)
Keith Hendricks (percussion)
Mike Bradam (conductor)

Artist Bio:

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......[Read More]