Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Q-and-A: The Polyphonic Spree plays Dallas during first tour in four years
Tim DeLaughter says the Dallas show will be like "putting lightning in a bottle."
The 21 members of Dallas-based band The Polyphonic Spree are out on tour for the first time in four years. Called the "You + Me" tour, the upbeat band stops in Dallas Thursday, February 16 at the Sons of Hermann Hall and is "our most intimate show we have played in Dallas" in years, said lead singer Tim DeLaughter.
Opening for Polyphonic Spree is New Fumes, a one-man electronic band supported by Good Records Recordings. His live set features video projections for each of his songs.
DeLaughter told us via email what we can expect from Thursday's hometown show.
Pegasus News: It's been four years since your last tour. What was the wait?
The Polyphonic Spree — “Bullseye”
Tim DeLaughter: During our hiatus, I was actively working on new music for a number of projects, including The Polyphonic Spree and Preteen Zenith as well as solo material. We chose to release "Bullseye" as the first single to ease back into it. Since the release of "Bullseye," we have released our original Christmas song "It's Christmas" as well as the recently released "What Would You Do?"
We've heard "What Would You Do." What other new music will you debut?
You will hear "Bullseye" and "What Would You Do?" You will also hear a good range of material from The Beginning Stage Of..., Together We're Heavy, and The Fragile Army. We will also be sprinkling a few choice covers throughout the set as well.
Would you say Polyphonic Spree's style or sound has changed or evolved for this tour?
At the end of the day, if it is a song I have written, there is going to be a thread or fabric that runs through it that ties it to another -- a natural progression or extension of myself. Lyrically and musically they evolve dependent [on] where my head is at the time written and recorded.
Give us a glimpse into your world while you're on stage with 20-some people, performing. What does it feel like?
There is nothing like being on stage with The Polyphonic Spree. I guess the next best thing is seeing and hearing The Polyphonic Spree, so we wanted to get out there and share that feeling. That is the reason for us to be out on the road -- for you + me.
Will the Dallas show be different than your other tour dates?
The show at Sons Of Hermann Hall on February 16 will be our most intimate show we have played in Dallas since we played the Curtain Club to help raise funds for us to get overseas. When you have The Polyphonic Spree in a more intimate venue, it is like putting lightning in a bottle. It just makes it that much more. We have had some our best shows on small stages and smaller clubs.
How would you describe New Fumes?
New Fumes — “Teeth Of The Sun”
We have been fans of Daniel Huffman since his days in Comet. His latest musical offering New Fumes is a hybrid of electronic and psychedelic music. The sounds run the gamut from super experimental to super catchy.
What do you hope to see from New Fumes in the future?
I hope Daniel continues to create interesting music with a killer visual presentation. It is just a matter of time for the rest of the country to get wise to New Fumes.
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