Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Polyphonic Spree

The Polyphonic Spree

Harper Simon, AVAVA

Tue, July 9, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$18 advance / $20 day of show

This event is 18 and over

The Polyphonic Spree
The Polyphonic Spree
Yes, it's true.

Yes, it's true. The Polyphonic Spree began July 15, 2000 as one man's desire to hear a sound he dreamt about; before most bands over the last decade, that are often compared in sound and vision to the Spree, were formed.

Yes, it's true. The Polyphonic Spree have traversed the globe several times over, much to the dismay of those that thought the band would never leave its hometown of Dallas, TX. They have appeared at every major music festival and on every late night television program.

Yes, it's true. The Polyphonic Spree has ranged in size from 13 to 27 members. It has never been about the size but about the sound. The band currently has 22 active members.

Yes, it's true. The Polyphonic Spree have released four full length studio albums up to this point: 'The Beginning Stages of...,' 'Together We're Heavy,' 'The Fragile Army,' and 'Holidaydream.'

Yes, it's true. Tim DeLaughter has scored the motion pictures "Thumbsucker" and "Visioneers." He also wrote and performed the Emmy nominated theme song for the Showtime series "The United States of Tara."

Yes, it's true. The Polyphonic Spree took somewhat of a hiatus while Tim demoed new material and recorded Preteen Zenith's "Rubble Guts & BB Eye." Preteen Zenith is Tim along with Philip E. Karnats formerly of Tripping Daisy and Secret Machines. Tim also revamped his label Good Records Recording, which released new music from The Polyphonic Spree as well as other artists.

Yes, it's true. The Polyphonic Spree had a VERY busy year in 2012. They recorded their Holiday album 'Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Vol One' as well as 'Yes, It's True.' They toured the USA by breaking it up into three phases of their "You+Me" tour, which culminated with the audio and video recording of their New York City Webster Hall show which will be released this year. They played the historic opening of Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. They performed for the first time their rendition of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" in London on Halloween night; it was a resounding success. The band will perform it at select festivals in 2013. The band concluded the year by taking the 10th anniversary of their legendary xmas show on tour. The Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza played to ecstatic audiences in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Dallas. They will do the same in 2013 in between the 2 year touring cycle for 'Yes, It's True.'

The album 'Yes, It's True' was produced by The Speekers (Tim DeLaughter and Julie Doyle), Eric Drew Feldman (PJ Harvey, Captain Beefheart), With additional production by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2), who also served as the mix engineer. Tim and Julie had previously worked with Eric Drew on Tripping Daisy's 'Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb' and The Polyphonic Spree's 'Together We're Heavy.'

Yes, it's true. The Polyphonic Spree is releasing their brand new album May 28, 2013. It contains 11 songs ranging in scope from the upbeat album opener "You Don't Know Me" to the powerful closer "Battlefield." Musically and lyrically, 'Yes, It's True' is Tim's strongest work yet. Lyrical themes range from the heartfelt "You're Golden", the mantra refrain of "Raise Your Head", the playful improvised "Heart Talk," and the tent-pole of the album "Blurry Up The Lines," which deals with breaking away from the norms and our inner most comfort zones.

Yes, it's true. There is somewhat of a new and different sound on the album than in the past: embracing drum machine, and orchestral instruments breaking out more on their own rather than heavy winded sectionals so to speak; while all of the Spree's instrumentation is present. The feel is different. "I always enjoy a date with my Linn drum machine. Once I set the mood and tone I go from there in terms of songwriting," says DeLaughter. "It's really not a coincidence since drums were my first instrument as a kid. My first set was made out of Baskin Robbins empty containers. Later on I was in a rock band in 9th grade and they kicked me off the drums; I was replaced by someone much better at drums. I was bummed but they said I could sing. That's how it started."
Harper Simon
Harper Simon
Los Angeles, CA—Harper Simon has announced plans to embark on a summer tour beginning in August, that will include a string of dates in major cities including San Diego, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Brooklyn, NY and Toronto, ON. The tour will continue to support Simon’s critically acclaimed sophomore album DIVISION STREET which released in the US on March 13th to critical praise.

DIVISION STREET was hailed by Rolling Stone as “pop-rock that stands on its own and then some” and People Magazine as “dreamy.” The 10-track album set was produced by Simon and Tom Rothrock (Elliott Smith, Beck), and was recorded with a small coterie of guest musicians—including Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello’s Attractions on drums, Nikolai Fraiture from the Strokes on bass, vocals by Inara George, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on synths, as well as Nate Walcott from Bright Eyes and Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen.

“Abounds with simmering, breezy pop-rock that stands on its own and then some” – Rolling Stone

“Dreamy” - People

““…the songs replace southern smoothness with city grit and a moodiness that does justice to Simon’s New York City youth.” – American Songwriter

“Division Street has a line-up of guest musicians that reads like a who’s who of groundbreakers in rock” - NOWNESS

“Folk-influenced vocals…love for acoustic guitar and great songwriting.”-Magnet

“4 stars” - The Guardian

“It’s an expansive emotional pastiche that'll resound with listeners everywhere. Division Street is a place you'll want to visit again and again with its elegant songwriting, unforgettable melodies, and Simon's poignant, powerful delivery.” - Artist Direct
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211