A band whose staying power perhaps lies more in their gimmicks than content—twenty-plus members donning white choir robes to black militant getups producing oversized pop songs—the Polyphonic Spree have proven to still have a place in today’s indie rock scene, if only for their cult following. Since their inception in 2000, frontman Tim DeLaughter has underlined campy playground sing-alongs with sprawling orchestral arrangements whose cinematic qualities have landed Spree on countless soundtracks. Their 2013 studio album Yes, It’s True‘s toned down 70s psych rock, however, proves that even Spree’s unrelentingly optimistic pop may one day relent.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 20, 2014