by Robert Bell
THE POLYPHONIC SPREE
8:30 p.m. Revolution. $16 adv., $20 d.o.s.
It's been a few years since we heard from Dallas symphonic-pop outfit The Polyphonic Spree. Just in case you weren't paying attention to music at all between 2003 and 2007 or so, here's the Cliff's Notes version: Tripping Daisy frontman Tim DeLaughter was profoundly bummed by the death of that band's guitarist, Wes Berggren, in 1999. Partly as a reaction to his friend's death (according to an NPR story), DeLaughter began writing joyous-sounding pop songs and assembled this gigantic band, which has as many as two dozen members at any given time, all singing and playing a variety of stringed instruments and sometimes wearing robes.
If you dig lush, gorgeously arranged pop music in the vein of later Mercury Rev or "Soft Bulletin"/"Yoshimi"-era Flaming Lips (but are somehow unfamiliar with The Polyphonic Spree), well, this should be a no-brainer. Even if you're not way into that kind of stuff, this show will be entertaining and stands a very good chance of being one of those forever-talked-about concerts that you'll kick yourself for not going to, should you skip it. The opening act is New Fumes.
After the jump, a video from The Polyphonic Spree.