After Three Shows In Two Days, The Polyphonic Spree Is All About That Fest Life.
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.
Natalie Young, choir. In Brussels, Belgium.
Some karmic thing is exacting revenge upon me through travel accessory sabotage. The day we left, the zipper on my Michael Kors boots I wear for the Rocky Horror set broke. A couple days into tour, the zipper on my favorite cat-eared clutch broke. The next day at the airport, the zipper on my sweet, handmade backpack broke. This morning, I busted the zipper off the duffel that holds all of my clothes. The lesson here? Zipper deaths do not come in threes. Also? It might be time to invest in some luggage with buttons.
Bach Norwood, keyboardist. In Brussels, Belgium.
Bach Norwood, world traveler.
Who speaks French?
[According to tourguide/translator Sebastien Poncelet, the headline reads: “Do Not Miss, The Psychedelic Pop From The Polyphonic Spree On The Main Stage.”]
Our liaison, Sebastien.
Mike St. Clair blending in.
Magical totems in Brussels.
Bowie shrine in Brussels. #singletear
Totally secure in their masculinity. #bffs
Mike St. Clair manifested in nature. #treebeard
Jennie Kelley, choir. In Brussels, Belgium.
We've spent 24 hours in the middle of nowhere. It's been pretty great. We don't have any towels, though, so cleaning our bodies and/or all the dishes we've dirtied up has been quite difficult. I cooked a huge pasta feast last night and breakfast this morning. Everyone is appreciative that I'm cooking. That's how I show my love, so I'm happy to do it. Afterwards, people played cards, enjoyed steady Wi-Fi for the first time in days, and played music. I tried taking a walk but got harassed by some locals so I had to cut that adventure short. I should've had a walking buddy, but I thought no one would mess with me in the middle of nowhere. #rookiemove
It is starting to feel like the calm before the storm. We will be headed to the festival in France soon. We play there tonight and then head straight to the airport where we will catch a quick flight to the UK. We play two shows there tomorrow. I'm pretty sure we are sleeping on the airplane floor tonight. #worldwind
Elizabeth Evans, choir. In Brussels, Belgium.
Photo of Tim playing guitar.
Cory Helms, guitarist. At Festival Les Nuits Secrets in Aulnoye-Aymeries, France.
Stayed at a pretty sweet Headley Grange-type house in Belgium last night, and had a glorious Master Chef-prepared feast. Now we're in France! #worldwind #ledzeppelinIV
Sebastien Poncelet, translator/guide. At Festival Les Nuits Secrets in Aulnoye-Aymeries, France.
Tim enjoying Vitalic VTLZR.
We did it! The Poly once again burnt the roof!
Tim DeLaughter, bandleader. At Festival Les Nuits Secrets in Aulnoye-Aymeries, France.
We share our music.
Sean Redman, violinist. At Heathrow Airport in London, England.
We are all half-delirious after not sleeping after our France performance and flying to London. Currently in the longest customs line I've seen. Amazing crowds at these last two festivals, and check out that freaking castle! 🙂
Just had the most grueling couple of days I think I've ever had in my short time with the band. We played a festival in France yesterday, drove to the airport at 2 a.m., stayed in the airport overnight, waited until 6 a.m. to fly to London, drove a couple hours out into the countryside for the Dorset Bestival, and just played the first of two shows we're playing here today.
Watch a live stream of The Polyphonic Spree peforming at Village Underground in London on August 6th at 3:30 p.m. here .
Read more about the band members contributing to these daily dispatches right here.