The twenty-plus member Polyphonic Spree harness the sunshiney oversized pop of the 5th Dimension plus the glitzy gimmicks of Bowie to create orchestral arrangements fit for everything from the big stage to the big screen. The Godspell-ish “Light and Day/Reach for the Sun” launched their career, but they have since toned down the unrelentingly upbeat compositions, swapping their white robes with black combat outfits for the release of The Fragile Army. If they plan on channeling these more sober elements into songs like their cover of “Lithium,” which perfectly encapsulates Cobain’s “I’m so happy” sarcasm, then I’m all for them stepping into the shade.
Wed., May 23, 7 p.m., 2012
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 16, 2012