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The Polyphonic Spree

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Dallas, Texas, United States (2000 – present)

The Polyphonic Spree are a psychedelic pop group which formed in 2000 in Dallas, Texas, United States. The band’s core members are Tim DeLaughter (lead vocals, guitar), Mark Pirro (bass) and Bryan Wakeland (drums), all former members of the alternative rock band Tripping Daisy. The band also contains 5 backing vocalists and 12 musicians. The band’s lineup has generally been stable since their formation.

The two dozen members often take to the stage costumed in flowing robes or military style uniforms, an appropriate backdrop for their happy and uplifting musical message that’s a mix of catchy pop minimally laced with . Fans have compared them to both the Flaming Lips and the Beach Boys, with a smidgen of lively Godspeed-like attitude thrown into the mix.

The Polyphonic Spree was founded by Tim DeLaughter, who led Dallas, Texas based alternative rock band Tripping Daisy (best known for their 1996 minor hit “I Got A Girl”) until 1999, when Wes Berggren(founding member and guitarist) died of a drug overdose. Tripping Daisy posthumously released a self-titled record on Sugar Fix records and called it quits.

DeLaughter and other surviving members of Tripping Daisy regrouped as the Polyphonic Spree in 2000, adding about 20 more members. They put together a demo titled The Beginning Stages of…The Polyphonic Spree and distributed it to fans during performances. The album was subsequently released on DeLaughter’s own imprint, Good Records and picked up by 679 Recordings.

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  • 3901

    I saw these ladies & gents open up for David Bowie years ago. They're so ridiculously happy during their performance.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    this is the only cult i would ever consider joining [2]

    22 Feb 2014 Reply
  • retro-kid

    No Ireland or Scotland on newly announced UK Tour. In response to a tweet the Spree replied "Ireland and Scotland promoters we have some fans that want to see us...June 2014 is your window...team work make the dream work" .... Any Promoters (in particular Scotland!!) want to help us fans? Please contact Polyphonic Spree on twitter ‏@PolySpree.

    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Smartypants101

    this is the only cult i would ever consider joining.

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • kick_yr_crutch

    Can't believe I haven't listened to these guys before :s shame on me

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • AsthrayHeart

    Popular By Design is wonderful!

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • hotwheels47125

    I've only heard the first 4 songs, but oh man, are they wonderful! I'm gonna finally have time to let it play all the way through now, and I can't wait to hear it all! Popular By Design has been my jam since I heard it this afternoon!!!

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • BoutiqueEmpire

    Love the new album and loved your show in Vancouver! Thank you for the inspiration!

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Skygazer1

    No New York show?

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Machiventa

    Loving the new album a lot!

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • mr_lazarus

    Anybody here that was a member of the original Polyphonic Spree forum?

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • biochip

    New album is great!

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • mrmocha

    I wonder how much kooky box Tim's been entitled too since starting up the Spree...?

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • kmaja1

    support the Spree on kickstarter! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/polyphonicspree/polyphonic-sprees-next-studio-album-live-album-and

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    know the soundtrack for Eternal and saw them on Jools hollands later a few years back,bloody good .

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • SCRAND3R

    to be honest I just came here because Annie Clark [2] Same, but damn is their stuff great.

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • eclectic251

    I've been to one of their concerts, awesome shows!!

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • lunacode

    Vitamin D

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • Radioshack-

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind :rolleyes: ♥

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    to be honest I just came here because Annie Clark

    24 May 2012 Reply
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