If it wasn’t for the Jesus garb, Tim DeLaughter would have reached Wayne Coyne-style cult-icon status by now.
Despite resembling members of a suicide cult, robe-wearing happiness addicts The Polyphonic Spree are very much alive in 2013, 11 years after they were the oddest hype band on Earth. As ever, their relentless chirpiness can grate, but the orchestral indulgence has been pared back, giving ringleader Tim DeLaughter’s songwriting room to breathe. The results are closer than ever to The Flaming Lips’ poppiest cuts – and with tunes as strong as ‘You Don’t Know Me’ and ‘Carefully Try’, you wonder whether, if it wasn’t for the Jesus garb, DeLaughter would have reached Wayne Coyne-style cult-icon status by now.
Record label: Cherry Red