SPREE-MENDOUS START TO 2004!

Spree frontman Tim Delaughter promises "something amazing" at the LA bash...

Polyphonic Spree have just announced that they will ring in the New Year with a show in LOS ANGELES.

Grandaddy will join the Texas outfit at LA’s Wiltern Theatre on December 31 for the gig.

Speaking backstage at LA radio station KCRW’s A Sounds Eclectic Evening last weekend, Polyphonic Spree frontman Tim Delaughter explained his reasoning for setting up the show. “The first time we ever played as a band we opened for Grandaddy so we’re bringing it back home, starting the New Year with Polyphonic Spree and Grandaddy,” he said. “It’s going to be a festive event. We’re going all out, over the top for this and both bands are pulling together creatively to bring out something amazing.”

The groups will be joined by a third band Delaughter said he could not reveal, but all of the outfits are expected to be onstage at some point during the show. “There will be a portion where we all be out there together so it’ll be like the Polyphonic Daddies,” he said.

Despite hailing from Texas, Delaughter said the Polyphonic Spree were looking for warmer climates when deciding on Southern California as a host locale for the gig. “You know what, I like LA,” he said. “I go way back in LA. Let me tell you! We’ve got a lot of friends here and it’s awfully cold in January, but here in Los Angeles, it’s not that cold.”

The New Year’s Eve gig will follow the band’s Christmas show, on December 19 in Texas. “We’re doing our fourth annual Holiday Christmas Extravaganza in Dallas at Lakewood Theatre,” Delaughter said. “This is a huge event that we put on with loads of bands that we’ve picked through the year. It’s a very interesting, eclectic line up.”

The Polyphonic Spree will perform a host of Christmas classic songs including ’Silent Night’ and ’Little Drummer Boy’ as well as two original holiday numbers, one untitled and the other called ’It’s Christmas’.

Also performing at the event is eclectic Texas solo artist Corn Mo, and the Tap Dancing Grandmas, a dance troupe for the over 65s. Familiar holiday faces will appear at the event, Delaughter said. “We do the full course of Christmas. We have all the main ingredients as far as your main stars, like Rudolph, Frosty, Santa. Santa reads a story, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas’,” he said. “We have live reindeer out front, milk and cookies. It’s truly an extravaganza.”