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A Brief Moment in the Mind of Polyphonic Spree’s Tim DeLaughter

Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 20:03

Polyphonic Spree Frontman, Tim DeLaughter

Julie Doyle

Polyphonic Spree Frontman, Tim DeLaughter

Kick off your pants and put on your longest robe, The Polyphonic Spree is coming to town. The massive 21-piece band (including choir members) is hitting the road for the first time since 2007. The Me + You tour will hit intimate venues across the country, allowing the band to get back to their roots and be closer to their fans. Each show will no doubt be an interesting challenge for everyone involved.

While it might seem as though they’ve been off the grid when it comes to touring, The Polyphonic Spree has kept busy. Husband and wife band leaders Tim DeLaughter and Julie Doyle have re-launched their record label Good Records Recordings, on which they released their single “What Would You Do?” All this while raising their four children, of course.

Despite being on tour, the band has been recording new tracks and continuing its playfully epic sound – one with 21 contributing members. A crowded yet energetic live show, The Polyphonic Spree engages audiences and spreads their positive energy. They’ve been together for 12 years and clearly have no plans to stop any time soon.

College Times: What are your first thoughts when you wake up in the morning?

Tim DeLaughter: How now brown cow?

Tell me a bit about what it's like to be a part of The Polyphonic Spree family.

For me, The Polyphonic Spree is being a part of an almost 12-year long musical and sociological adventure/experiment.

How would you describe your Polyphonic Spree fans?

We have very devoted fans. We host an annual Holiday Extravaganza in Dallas (we are actually taking it out on the road to this November and December to celebrate its10th anniversary and the release of our holiday album this year) that is attended from people all over the globe who make the trek. The UK, Japan, Australia, Canada, et. al. are all represented at the event within the fans in attendance.

Have you perfected touring with such a large group?

If we could develop a functioning teleportation system we would be at least one step closer to perfecting touring with a group this size.

What is life like on the road for you?

I enjoy road trips and driving but it still can be a grind. The two hours on stage make all the rest that goes into it worth it.

What does it feel like to be onstage and in full swing?

I have always said I wanted to step back and watch it. One day that will happen. When I am on stage and it is in full swing and firing on all cylinders I find it easy to get lost in the moment. There is nothing like being on stage with The Polyphonic Spree.

Most of our readers are college-aged. What were you like in your early 20s? And do you have any words of wisdom for college students?

I am much like I was when I was in my 20s except now I am hopefully older and wiser with a loving wife and four kids. My pearl of wisdom for college students is make the most of your time when you are awake. Strive for the supposed things and ideas that are unattainable or haven't been done. You might not get there, but along the way you will be rewarded for your non-complacency.

You've been in the studio recently, what can you tell us about any upcoming songs?

We recently went in and began tracking two new ones. "Carefully Try" and a yet-to-be-titled song. I am excited to see where they go.

What do you hope people feel when they listen to your music?

I hope people feel moved one way or the other.


The Polyphonic Spree, Crescent Ballroom, March 29, 7 p.m., $20 adv, $21 dos

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