The Bowery Presents
The Polyphonic Spree

The Polyphonic Spree

Sweet Lee Morrow

Wed, May 23, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Webster Hall

New York, NY

$20.00 advance, $25.00 day of show

This event is 18 and over

The Polyphonic Spree
The Polyphonic Spree
Yes, it's true.

Yes, it's true. The Polyphonic Spree began July 15, 2000 as one man's desire to hear a sound he dreamt about; before most bands over the last decade, that are often compared in sound and vision to the Spree, were formed.

Yes, it's true. The Polyphonic Spree have traversed the globe several times over, much to the dismay of those that thought the band would never leave its hometown of Dallas, TX. They have appeared at every major music festival and on every late night television program.

Yes, it's true. The Polyphonic Spree has ranged in size from 13 to 27 members. It has never been about the size but about the sound. The band currently has 22 active members.

Yes, it's true. The Polyphonic Spree have released four full length studio albums up to this point: 'The Beginning Stages of...,' 'Together We're Heavy,' 'The Fragile Army,' and 'Holidaydream.'

Yes, it's true. Tim DeLaughter has scored the motion pictures "Thumbsucker" and "Visioneers." He also wrote and performed the Emmy nominated theme song for the Showtime series "The United States of Tara."

Yes, it's true. The Polyphonic Spree took somewhat of a hiatus while Tim demoed new material and recorded Preteen Zenith's "Rubble Guts & BB Eye." Preteen Zenith is Tim along with Philip E. Karnats formerly of Tripping Daisy and Secret Machines. Tim also revamped his label Good Records Recording, which released new music from The Polyphonic Spree as well as other artists.

Yes, it's true. The Polyphonic Spree had a VERY busy year in 2012. They recorded their Holiday album 'Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Vol One' as well as 'Yes, It's True.' They toured the USA by breaking it up into three phases of their "You+Me" tour, which culminated with the audio and video recording of their New York City Webster Hall show which will be released this year. They played the historic opening of Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. They performed for the first time their rendition of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" in London on Halloween night; it was a resounding success. The band will perform it at select festivals in 2013. The band concluded the year by taking the 10th anniversary of their legendary xmas show on tour. The Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza played to ecstatic audiences in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Dallas. They will do the same in 2013 in between the 2 year touring cycle for 'Yes, It's True.'

The album 'Yes, It's True' was produced by The Speekers (Tim DeLaughter and Julie Doyle), Eric Drew Feldman (PJ Harvey, Captain Beefheart), With additional production by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2), who also served as the mix engineer. Tim and Julie had previously worked with Eric Drew on Tripping Daisy's 'Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb' and The Polyphonic Spree's 'Together We're Heavy.'

Yes, it's true. The Polyphonic Spree is releasing their brand new album May 28, 2013. It contains 11 songs ranging in scope from the upbeat album opener "You Don't Know Me" to the powerful closer "Battlefield." Musically and lyrically, 'Yes, It's True' is Tim's strongest work yet. Lyrical themes range from the heartfelt "You're Golden", the mantra refrain of "Raise Your Head", the playful improvised "Heart Talk," and the tent-pole of the album "Blurry Up The Lines," which deals with breaking away from the norms and our inner most comfort zones.

Yes, it's true. There is somewhat of a new and different sound on the album than in the past: embracing drum machine, and orchestral instruments breaking out more on their own rather than heavy winded sectionals so to speak; while all of the Spree's instrumentation is present. The feel is different. "I always enjoy a date with my Linn drum machine. Once I set the mood and tone I go from there in terms of songwriting," says DeLaughter. "It's really not a coincidence since drums were my first instrument as a kid. My first set was made out of Baskin Robbins empty containers. Later on I was in a rock band in 9th grade and they kicked me off the drums; I was replaced by someone much better at drums. I was bummed but they said I could sing. That's how it started."
Sweet Lee Morrow
Sweet Lee Morrow
A born visionary, Jesse "Podunk" Hester wrote songs for many years, patiently honing his craft.. In 1998 he began performing locally (in Dallas, TX) as a solo act and also assembled a full band, known as Sweet Lee Morrow @ the time... It was during this period that his melodic brand of Indie Folk began to take shape... influenced by the likes of Tripping Daisy, David Bowie, and The Beatles, et al. Rather abruptly, this creative period was cut short by the beginning of an experience that would shape both art and artist. In 1999 Podunk joined The Polyphonic Spree, led by former Tripping Daisy front man, Tim DeLaughter.

Over the next four and a half years, Podunk would traipse endlessly around the US, Canada, and Europe with The Spree. Full of inspiration and approaching fatherhood, Podunk left The Spree in 2004 to focus on family as well as writing and performing his still blossoming call. He re-located to Austin, Texas in August of 2006. Today, his work is in full stride and backed by the support of Dallas based Indie singles label, goodrecordsrecordings.com, he performs as Sweet Lee Morrow nation wide as a solo act and also at times with the accompaniment of friends who's instruments range from guitar to pedal steel, or even things as minimal as harmony and glockenspiel.

Bringing brutal sincerity in his words, his songs are carried in a vehicle fueled by melody and taste. Quite the under-spoken yet grandiose resolve that can only be the summation of a gentle whisper that screams at your heart and soul. Music and videos can be found @ www.sweetleemorrow.com & www.goodrecordsrecordings.com.
Venue Information:
Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY, 10003
http://www.websterhall.com/