From the vaults of the award-winning PBS Austin City Limits TV show, this is the latest release in the acclaimed Live From Austin, TX series.
Through all the years of Austin City Limits, there probably has never been a night quite like this. From the opening processional through the crowd, through the harp solos, cymbal crashes and rousing choruses, the many members of Polyphonic Spree, all wearing their floor-length choir robes of every color in the rainbow, lifted the show to new heights on that sultry night in August, 2004. It all began four years earlier inside the head of Dallas punk rocker Tim DeLaughter, but not even he knew where his imagination would take him.
From the very beginning, my idea of this band was a vision of sound, and what s come out of it is so much more spectacular and dramatic, he said at the time. When Tim was leading his Dallas-based rock band Tripping Daisy, he was working in the studio and thinking, Gosh, I wish I had a flute at this part, or Man, this would be really cool if we could have a harp in this section, and then, gosh, wouldn t it be nice to have ten people singing as one for this particular line instead of me doubling and tripling vocals. One thing leads to another, as they say, and in this case Tim s wishful thinking led to a 24-member ensemble combining great musicianship with improvisation.
Their live shows are a visual spectacle that project an infectious joy, majesty and optimism. Where it goes from here is anybody s guess. I think anything is possible , says Tim. I m just trying my best to stay out of the way of what s going to happen and hang on for the ride.
1 Bizarre Prayer
2 Section 11: Long Day Continues / We Sound Amazed
3 Section 2: It s The Sun
4 Section 12: Hold Me Now
5 Section 6 & 7: Hanging Around The Day, Part 1 & 2
6 Section: 14:Two Thousand Places
7 Section 16: One Man Show
8 Section 18: Everything Starts At The Seam
9 Section 19: When The Fool Becomes A King