In Which The Polyphonic Spree Transform A+R Records Into Santa's Workshop For Their New Video.
Last week, The Polyphonic Spree released Holydaydream, their no-brainer, 'bout-damn-time, full-length collection of holiday season- and Christmas-inspired tunes.
It's a charming release, just as should be expected of a band that's known at least locally for their annual, over-the-top holiday celebrations. (Interestingly enough, the band is touring that production this year, wrapping things up — pun intended — here in town on Saturday, December 22, at the Lakewood Theater.)
But, pleasant and welcome a release as Holidaydream is, it, as with most Spree albums, faces something of an uphill battle. Indeed, it's a struggle the band faces with most everything it places out there into the ether: The band, so renowned for their live show spectacle, is continually forced to find new and interesting ways to make their recorded efforts live up to their own hype; in the case of Holidaydream, which features a number of songs longtime fans and annual Holiday Extravaganza attendees have heard numerous times before, that feat looms only larger.
It's fitting, then, that the band wasted precious little time before unveiling a visual counterpart for their recorded effort — a music video accompaniment for their take on the Christmas standard “Silver Bells,” which in the Spree's world is dubbed as “Silver Bells (Reprise).”
Per usual, the clip is a visual spectacle, starring frontman and band mastermind Tim DeLaughter as Santa Claus and his many, many, many, many, many, many bandmates as Santa's Little Helpers. There is, of course, a twist at play here: Instead of a traditional Santa's Workshop, this cheerful unit works at what can best be described as Santa's Little Vinyl Record Press.
Local music obsessives might recognize this setting from its real-life incarnation as Stan Getz's A+R Records press on Riverfront Boulevard — the very same place where the Spree pressed their marbled red vinyl versions of Holidaydream, fittingly enough. Says the Good Records Recording literature that arrives in tandem with this video in our inbox: “Stan is open to just about any idea. He loves furthering the cause of the physical art of the LP.”
Good dude, that Getz.
Another fun fact about the video: The decorations strewn throughout Getz's place all come from Spree members' own homes, simply brought in and placed around the shop for this shoot.
The result? A music video that doesn't make you completely gag because you're hearing Chistmas music well before Thanksgiving has even passed.
Check it out below.