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The band sign a new record deal which could see them moving into another realm altogether...

Polyphonic Spree have signed with HOLLYWOOD RECORDS – a move which could see the band’s music used across DISNEY products.

The North American deal will also mean that a percentage of the band’s touring proceeds will go directly to the record company.

Chairman of Hollywood parent Buena Vista Music Group, Bob Cavallo, says that he aims to spread the Polyphonic Spree across the Disney brand. “I can use the theme parks, television, the ABC family, our theatrical division, and other areas to break this band,” he said.

Lead singer and group founder Tim DeLaughter told Billboard: “I didn’t have any hesitation about giving up touring money because I knew if we were going to continue to let our live shows flourish, we needed help.” He also added that the contract also means that the master tapes will eventually revert back to the group.

Hollywood Records will re-release the group’s debut album ‘The Beginning Stages Of…’ in North America on June 24, coupled with a four-track bonus disc. The band will be appearing at the Glastonbury, T In The Park, Witnness and the Carling Weekend festivals this summer. A new studio album is due out in 2004.