After a couple of years off the road, The Polyphonic Spree have dusted off the white robes and set about on the difficult task of cheering up America.
The massive pop-choir, which currently has 21 members but in the past has edged up to 30, will play Webster Hall on May 23. Tickets go on sale here this Friday.
The Polyphonic Spree's live show is a storm of harmonies, horns and strings designed to soften the heart of even the most jaded show-goer; it helps that many of their songs, from "Follow the Day" to "Soldier Girl," are sturdy enough to support the onslaught of cheer.
The group last toured behind 2007's The Fragile Army, which was released by TVT after they ran into trouble with their label Hollywood Records. TVT went out of business shortly after the release of Army.
After taking time to regroup, Spree leader Tim DeLaughter formed his new label, Good Records Recording, and recruited a few new members. Turn over is, understandably, pretty high for such a large group, but they have a great placement rate. St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, was a guitar player in Spree before her solo career took off, and former Spree member Daniel Huffman has been opening for his former band with his new project New Fumes.
DeLaughter and company have also been working on new material; you can check out their new single "What Would You Do?" over here.