Posted in music | pictures on May 24, 2012

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Polyphonic Spree

The Polyphonic Spree played Webster Hall last night (5/23), which was recorded for a future live album. The front of the stage was covered in a wide red ribbon, from which Spree leader Tim DeLaughter cut out a heart, from which the rest of the band -- 22 of them this time -- emerged. The rest of the theatrical set included a medley of The Who's Tommy, and an encore where the band appeared at the back of the room, making their way through the crowd back onto the stage.

Spree keyboardist Sweet Lee Morrow opened the show with a mix of songs and comedy. In addition to the live album, The Polyphonic Spree, who play Philly tonight, will release a Christmtas album later this year. Check out more pictures from the show below, along with a list of remaining tour dates.

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The Polyphonic Spree -- 2012 Tour Dates
May 25 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Theatre of Living Arts
May 26 -- Carrboro, NC -- Cat's Cradle
May 28 -- Charlotte, NC -- McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square
May 29 -- Nashville, TN -- Exit/IN

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Comments (36)

"a buddy installed 2-way mirrors in his pad in Brentwood, and he come to the door in a dress"

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:07 PM

The Poonaphonic Twink

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:14 PM

I thought that the Spree tragically perished as the attempted to ascend Mount Everest in support of Mother 13.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:16 PM

I'm Ok with people coming out if they want to. I mean do what you feel is right, and if touching another man's junk is your thing then who am I to stop you. But, do you have to sell tickets to it?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:16 PM

2:07 - Don't you like to watch your buddies fuck? I know I do.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:17 PM

white people are so scared....of black people

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:40 PM

I'm glad they didn't wear their pointy hoods for the show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:59 PM

was kinda fun. they need more new songs. Not much difference from their last tour. maybe choir singers in bikinis?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 3:12 PM

The Polyphonic Spree is the name of a band?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 3:50 PM

I wonder if there was a Gabies outbreak at the show?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 3:50 PM

cultrock is the new black

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 3:56 PM

My word, the openers were terrible. Just come on stage at 8 and play for 3 hours.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:03 PM

Isn't the Pride Parade in June? These clowns are a bit early. Better lock up the boys.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:06 PM

22 of them this time -- emerged. The rest of the theatrical set included a medley of The Who's Tommy, and an encore where the band appeared at the back of the room, making their way through the crowd back onto the stage.

>> That says to me that the venue wasn't very crowded if 22 people can make their way from back to front that easily

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:09 PM

4:03 - By Jove! You don't say, old chap? Pip pip, and cheerio.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:10 PM

POLYPHONIC SPREE... THE TRUE KINGS OF HUMMUS

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:17 PM

How exactly do they make money?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:21 PM

Yeah, opening acts were pretty weak, but the Spree were beautiful and awesome.

Great pics here! Wish they linked to bigger versions (I mean, there's a bunch of musicians there!).

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:23 PM

4:21, most of them do not make money. The Polyphonic Spree is a cult. Classic pyramid scheme, similar to The Church of Scientology. Only those at the top make the money, the rest of them simply gravel and mash chickpeas for the higher-ups.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:47 PM

do spoons like hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:51 PM

Nice to see Perry Farrelll is diversifying

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:54 PM

Who is this band?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 5:09 PM

Any historians out there want to confirm my belief that the hummus comments began in a post about the Polyphonic Spree last time they played Webster Hall?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 5:09 PM

I think that references to hummus on a vegan site predated a thread from just a few years ago.

Where can I send the invoice for my time to?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 5:19 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2010/12/jack_white_perf.html#comment-630138

"First of all, there are no "hummus jokes". The comments are strictly hummus facts and opinions, and an occasional hummus recipe...
But the oldest traceable hummus statements go all the way back to October of 2009. Peep this one---> http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2009/10/reminder_free_p.html"

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 5:26 PM

needs more pix of attractive chorus singers

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 5:48 PM

5:26, that would mean that "the man with the mustache" started it all. There should be a holiday.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 6:44 PM

Tremendous show

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 6:53 PM

Members of The Polyphonic Spree are responsible for the care and cleaning of their Polyphonic-issued Heart Gown™. If their Heart Gown™ becomes damaged or lost due to their own carelessness, the cost of a replacement gown will be docked from their monthly Polyphonic stipend.

Posted by Brian Farrelly | May 24, 2012 10:01 PM

Did Meshuggah crash this show?

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 9:39 AM

what is this fruity crap?

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 2:42 PM

No but Meshuggah does have a rather robust mustache if ya know what I mean.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2012 4:08 AM

Smocks! It's finger painting time!

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2012 6:46 AM

I like 'em!! I first saw the band in '04. I thought their stage presence was great and the music was reminiscent but fresh. It's fun music with a visual show. With all the crap that passes for music nowdays, you'd think people would appreciate it more!! The rest of you need to grow some 'nads and post your name!! Ya' cowards!!

Posted by Ronnie Unell | May 28, 2012 11:20 PM

you are all angry hipsters!
no, this isnt grizzly bear
or iron and wine and poop
or boner iverson
the polyphonic fucking spree!!!!!!!
these guys fucking rock my anal sphincter!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 6:34 PM

I like the heart on the shirt.

Posted by jordon | July 30, 2013 2:25 PM

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