A Week Into The World Tour and The Polyphonic Spree Is Flying High.
There's no question that the Polyphonic Spree is quite literally the biggest band in town. All jokes about dozen-plus member outfit aside, the group has also arguably been Dallas' most noteworthy musical export for the past decade. But rarely has anyone ever peeled back the curtain and gotten to really know the personalities of the group's individual members — or seen them sans stage uniforms, for that matter. As the band embarks on a world tour in support of its new Yes, It's True LP, all 15 of the band's touring members have agreed to contribute to a daily behind-the-scenes look at what it's really like to hit the road with the Polyphonic Spree. Read more about the band members who will be contributing to these daily dispatches here. Then just hang on. It's gonna be quite the ride.
Sean Redman, violinist. At Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia.
We're about to be flying for about 24 hours from Sydney to London — with a tiny refueling stop in Singapore we might not even get off the plane for — on our way to Brussels and then France. I don't drink or take pills to cope with long flights, so here we go.
Tim DeLaughter, bandleader. At Heathrow Airport in London, England.
We have been flying for 21 hrs!!!!! Help!!!
Stephanie Dolph, choir. At Heathrow Airport in London, England.
Made it through 22 hours on a plane! One little jump from London to Brussels and we are home free for a few days. 🙂
Mark Pirro, bassist. At the Meininger Hotel in Brussels, Belgium.
Screaming babies and swollen feet aside, we all survived the 22-hour flight got to our hostel around noon, but rooms wouldn't be ready until 3 p.m. The whole band killed some time and got “Mussels Brussels” at some acclaimed restaurant. The food was good but the place seemed more like a French version of the Olive Garden. We got back to the room around 3 p.m. and immediately crashed out for some much-needed sleep. Seven hours worth. Now it's 11 p.m. and I'm wide awake! My body clock is way off!
Sebastien Poncelet, tour guide/translator. In Brussels, Belgium.
I have sent you two pictures from the restaurant we went for lunch. Some ate mussels.
Chris Penn, band manager. At Polyphonic Spree HQ in Dallas, Texas.
They band is wiped the hell out. After 24-plus hours in the air, they got to Brussels. The cello was lost but later found, and the vehicle that picked them up was apparently too small for the band and the gear. But they made it work. Now they're sleeping like dead people at the Hotel Meininger in Brussels.
Read more about the band members contributing to these daily dispatches right here.