The Polyphonic Spree Conduct Enthusiastic Concert in Brooklyn
There’s something special about a band like the Polyphonic Spree; they’ve been making their unique brand of uplifting choral music for 14 years and after last night’s (Aug. 26) show in Brooklyn, it looks like they have no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
Playing for nearly two hours, the night opened with frontman Tim DeLaughter painting a message on a white banner: ‘Tread Lightly In the Air.’ As the opening song, ‘Tragiverse,’ took shape, DeLaughter cut through the banner with a pair of scissors to the cheers of a packed Brooklyn Bowl (a concert venue/bowling alley).
Throughout the night, the monumental amount of ebullient positive energy being emitted from the 15-piece band was matched only by the crowd; it was a regular occurrence for fans to stretch their hands in the air and sing along to every song the band played. For many in attendance, it was obvious the Polyphonic Spree had a spiritual effect on them.
With songs like ‘Hold Me Now’ and ‘2000 Places,’ the show was a constant encouragement to those who might be going through rough times. DeLaughter kept things light-hearted, telling stories in-between tunes and grabbing the hands of those lucky fans in the front row. His benevolence shone like a bright star when, to end the night, he stepped into the crowd, sat down and convinced everyone else to sit down — just to take a break — and help him sing ‘Battlefield.’
While an obvious highlight of the evening was the band’s cover of Wings’ ‘Live and Let Die,’ the crowning moment was the Polyphonic Spree’s performance of ‘Light and Day,’ arguably their most recognized song. As if one performance of the uplifting message wasn’t enough, taken aback by the energy of the crowd, DeLaughter said, “You wanna do that again? Let’s do that again.” And with that, ‘Light and Day’ saw its second coming in Brooklyn.
The night opened with New York City’s own Icewater, a perfect example of what young, new indie rock should sound like. It was quite apparent they were ecstatic to open for the Polyphonic Spree, but even more exciting was how gracious DeLaughter was to them for setting the stage ahead of their performance.
Following Icewater’s performance — and right before DeLaughter painted the white banner — a couple decided to tie the knot in the middle of the crowd. With everyone watching, they exchanged vows and rings and, as DeLaughter later put it, engaged in the “world’s longest French kiss.” From classic covers to performing songs twice to weddings in the crowd, this concert was like few other concerts before it. While we tried, words really can’t describe the ethereal beauty of a Polyphonic Spree show; you just have to see it for yourself.
A little over a year ago, the Polyphonic Spree released their fourth studio album, ‘Yes, It’s True,’ and just recently celebrated its follow-up: ‘Psychphonic.’ Rather than a standard full-length LP, ‘Psychphonic’ is a remix album of ‘Yes, It’s True,’ with each track reimagined by a different DJ across the country. Get details on ‘Psychphonic’ and the Polyphonic Spree’s remaining tour dates at their official website here.
The Polyphonic Spree — Brooklyn Bowl
The Polyphonic Spree — Setlist, Aug. 26, 2014
‘Hold Me Now’
‘Popular By Design’
‘Hanging Around the Day’
‘You Don’t Know Me’
‘Hold Yourself Up’
‘Live and Let Die’
‘Light and Day’
‘Light and Day’
The Polyphonic Spree Cover Wings