The Polyphonic Spree - 'Yes, It's True'

The Polyphonic Spree - 'Yes, It's True'

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...

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The Polyphonic Spree; Astoria, London, Monday September 3

The Polyphonic Spree; Astoria, London, Monday...

Ladies and gentlemen, players of instruments in third-rate indie bands and frontpeople with gaping holes in their dreary personalities pay heed: this is what we call a mudderfuggin’ show. Pulling out every single stop they know, tonight’s gig...

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The Polyphonic Spree

The Polyphonic Spree

These are troubling times for devotees of The Polyphonic Spree, the cult band from Texas. They’ve traded in their Technicolor robes for a batch of budget ‘Black Parade’-style military uniforms. Most worryingly of all, though, the Spree’s...

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The Polyphonic Spree

The Polyphonic Spree

If there’s been a happy-clappy, 23-man sized hole in your soul, rejoice! On ‘Running Away’, Tim DeLaughter and acolytes prance back into your life with a canyon-straddling epic of horn-parping optimism and lyrics about nice things like...

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The Polyphonic Spree  :  Together We're Heavy

The Polyphonic Spree : Together We're Heavy

When Polyphonic Spree appeared in 2002 they seemed to have been beamed down directly from the sort of planet many people would pay good money to be deported to. A strong whiff of sunshine psychedelia followed their every movement, but instead of...

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Polyphonic Spree : London Shepherds Bush Empire

Polyphonic Spree : London Shepherds Bush Empire

Polyphonic Spree are wrong. Unspeakably wrong. Think about it: in any other universe 23 MOR-obsessed mung-bean munchers from America's Baptist belt making music about how great life is would be given a wide fucking berth. It's vegetarian,...

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Carling Weekend : Reading, Radio 1 Evening Session Stage Friday

Carling Weekend : Reading, Radio 1 Evening...

Elbow's laudable, waif-and-stray pop majesty may remind us all what our hearts are for, but only The Polyphonic Spree can make them feel that much warmer. Now that the nation's discerning pop fans have taken them to their bosom, Tim DeLaughter has...

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Polyphonic Spree : Light & Day

Polyphonic Spree : Light & Day

Being British – and thus miserable and cynical - you can’t help but have a slightly ambivalent attitude to The Polyphonic Spree. You can love, ‘The Beginning Stages Of...’, but it’s not a record you’d return to on a regular basis -...

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Polyphonic Spree : Edinburgh Queen's Hall

Polyphonic Spree : Edinburgh Queen's Hall

Who the hell are The Polyphonic Spree ? An indie-art prank? An out of control day-release program? A tour manager's logistical nightmare? After a series of the most bewildering festival performances since Daphne and Celeste thought 'doing'...

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The Polyphonic Spree : Hanging Around

The Polyphonic Spree : Hanging Around

Composing a telephone-directory-sized rider for selected venues around the country as you read this, it's The Polyphonic Spree: twenty-five happy-clappy freakoid motherfuckers filled so full of goddamn optimism it makes you sick. Splendidly,...

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