Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Hope you all had a Merry Merry! I am personally looking very forward the 2008 and everything future. Here is a sneak peak of what's to come.
Champagne and High Fives to all of you.
xo
Jess


ps.
for behind the Polyphonic scenes... check out some new You Tube posts of the Holiday Extravaganza practice sessions.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Christmas

Thursday, December 20, 2007



So Poly and Zep..... What do you think about that combo? High Five!
Post answer on You Tube......

xoxo
love you guys
Jess

Monday, December 17, 2007

Was last night fun or what! You guys are awesome. And our Forum rocks. Thank you for all your help. You really were such a christmas present for us. Bye the way... check out this cool blog on the Extravaganza. Love you. See you soon.
xoxo
jess

http://gorillavsbear.blogspot.com/2007/12/polyphonic-spree-7th-annual-holiday.html

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Hello Sweet Friends.
Just got back from an extra long practice. Getting ready to give you Holiday show 2007.
Cant wait to Champagne, High Five, and Christmas carol, with you all.
Did you know Polyphonic is personally baking cookies for the occasion.
Speaking of cookies.
If you're looking to shed a few pounds after the festivities are over, I personally suggest... by the way this is actually a video where you can see the whole choir practicing upstairs in the rehearsal triplex. The sound is the band downstairs. I'm not sure why you only see the tops of our heads.... I'm a bit analog. I will try to fix.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tim On The Radio Today Wednesday!

Tune in.....

around 1pm cst or so with Pugs & Kelly....
105.3 frm or http://www.live1053.com

around 4pm cst or so with Corby....
1310am or 104.1fm or http://www.theticket.com/listen.htm

Monday, December 10, 2007

Come one. Come all.
Are you getting excited yet?
The Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza is right around the corner!
Be part of history folks. This will be a filmed documented experience, coming to a dvd near you. We want you to be part of it. Spread the word.
Also the premier of We Crawl, the music video, will have its Lakewood theater debut as well.

Champagne and High Fives all the way around!

Jessica

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Happy Holidays Ya all.
(said super sappy just for you)
So check it out... you do not want to miss this.
And p.s. special guests? Gotta come to find out.

http://www.thepolyphonicspree.com/holiday/

Also read a little tidbit from my dear friend Two Tone Turner on the making of The Polyphonic Spree version Carol Of The Bells.

That song was super fun to make! The girls, mostly Jennifer and Jessica, if I remember right, came up with the "original lyrics," based on Louis' direction for that part of the script, then I worked them into an SATB arrangement that worked for us from a copy of the sheet music Potsie found. We learned it around the piano one morning in Jess' awesome living room, and then rushed over to Mark's to record it. There were only about six or seven of us that day, so we all sang multiple parts in the multi-tracking. Mark even sang the bass part with me, I helped out on alto (a stretch, believe me), and Julie, Potsie, and I tripled up on the tenor since we were short on guys. Mark and I did the mix, with Mark engineering, of course (one of his many specialties). It took us the shorter part of long, busy morning.

Ah, the good old days.





xoxo
jessica

Monday, December 03, 2007

2nd Holiday Extravaganza Show Added

Tickets On Sale This Friday 12/7 at Noon cst via Ticketmaster and soon thereafter at Good Records.

7th Annual Holiday Extravaganza!
w/ special guest Gustafer Yellowgold
Sunday, December 16, 2007 8:15pm
Lakewood Theater
1825 Abrams Parkway
Dallas, TX 75214
All Ages/Smoke Free
Fun For The Whole Family.

Please bring a new un-xmas wrpped toy for Toys For Tots as well as a canned food item for the North Texas Food Bank.

Some tickets still available for the first show 3:30pm. Let it snow. Let it snow.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

"Complicated Heart of Mine"
Wow.... life has a way of throwing curve balls.... I guess thats because it is life. If you didn't feel the ups and downs, you would just be numb, going through the motions.
Just came back from some great food, wine, and conversation, with my sweet friend Julie D. Life... the present, future, and everything in between.

So where does that leave me with you tonight.

Light a candle. Dim the lights. Be present. Listen to number 11 on The Fragile Army.

heart u all
*jessica*

p s.... I really do.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Hi everyone....
here is the cutest blog ever about the New York show we played a little over a week ago. Got this on my google alert.
xo
j

http://iheartmanhattan.blogspot.com/2007/11/like-totally-polyphonic-man.html

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Check it out ya' all....
http://gorillavsbear.blogspot.com/2007/11/favorite-live-shows-of-2007.html

xo
jess

Monday, November 26, 2007

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA UPDATE...

We want to encourage all people attending the show to either come are your own original Elf or dress in festive red and/or green for the holidays.

Also, The Cousins will be rocking out in the lobby. Other kiddos can join in after their set on the instruments provided a la "School Of Rock."

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Wow! What a tour. Been home less than 24 and just reflecting. That was the most fun we have ever had as a band hands down!
Great shows....new great friends. Speaking of shows....the Baltimore show, are you kidding me! If you missed it, you missed IT! The Polyphonic Spree IS the best band in the world. Ok....I will get of the soap box. It was a moment, and life is full of them. Embrace. I am learning to.
Until next time....we do hope to see you at the Christmas show. Gonna be a good one. Bring the kiddos, and your Holiday Spirit. We love you guys...yes we do.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving, we have so much to be thankful for.
Still compiling the photos...I am so analog, sorry you all.

xoxox

J

Monday, November 19, 2007

CLICK ON FOR FULL DETAILS...

Friday, November 16, 2007

HOT OFF THE PRESSES....THIS JUST IN....

It is on....get your yule tide cheer in order...no 'bah hum bugs' here....

7th Annual Holiday Extravaganza!
Sunday, December 16, 2007 5pm
Lakewood Theater
1825 Abrams Parkway
Dallas, TX 75214
All Ages/Smoke Free
Fun For The Whole Family.

We wanted to get this info out in a jiffy as we are excited....websites, myspaces, blogs, etc... will all be updated with info as confirmed....

expect snow, rudolph, milk & cookies, extended xmas set, participation for the kiddos, and other joyous surprises..... I have heard that Santa and his reindeer may even land down outside....the x-mas show is coming home to its original location...

Tickets and further info coming ASAP....mark your calendars....bring the mistletoe....

your friendly holiday reporter,
cp

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wow....fun fun tour....and its coming to an end soon. If you haven't caught a show yet come out. Come at doors, have a cocktail, and check out all three bands. Its a really fun experience. We have made some new friendships within our band and out, and its going to be a bit sad to say goodbye. Being back with family, friends, will be good. Working on new projects will be exciting. Thank you for all your support. We do love you.

Still working on the pics.


*live*
j

Friday, November 09, 2007

God Bless Texas! What a blast. Dallas it was so good to Rock the House of Blues with you. And Austin, that was a dirty rock show. Guys do you feel the music...its all happening!
Had to cancel Houston....some sick Rooney's going around.
Polyphonic decided to take a little road trip to New Orleans before the Florida show. Julie D road down too! On bus one we had wine, cheese, and watched The Way We Were. Beautiful. You must see, even our brutish sound guy Adam Fisher cried. See what a little estrogen will do in your life.
Anyhow....gonna hang here for today, and catch the Redwalls in action tonight.
Hope to see you out tomorrow.
And keep checking in, I will be uploading some scandalous tour pics soon.... Ha Ha
xoxo
J

Monday, November 05, 2007

Hello Everyone.
Amazing California shows. Halloween was a blast. Each band dressed up and played to a fantastic San Fransisco crowd. San Diego was just as fun. And a very very sweet fan made us all hand painted skateboards. Wow! Also Robert's ( from Rooney) mom was at the LA show. She had some nice things to say about Polyphonic.....
Seen at the Polyphonic Spree show...

Nov 5, 2007, 02:21 PM | by Shirley Halperin
Categories: Music, Music Biz, Theater
Tim DeLaughter and his robed 24-member choir can count a new convert to the musical movement that is the Polyphonic Spree: actress Talia Shire (Adrian, of Rocky fame), who grooved, bounced, and chanted along to the band from the core of what can only be described as a "Come to Jesus'' pit, which had formed at Hollywood's Henry Fonda theater on Friday night. Shire was there to see her son Robert Schwartzman's band, Rooney, open. (Shire, pictured with Schwartzman, also makes a cameo in their video for "When Did Your Heart Go Missing?".) But clutching a just-bought copy of the Spree's latest album, The Fragile Army, she was clearly impressed with the headliners. "It's like watching Hair," she told us as the Spree segued from a killer cover of Nirvana's "Lithium" to the psychedelic (and hence, Hair-like) "It's the Sun." "It's like a spectacle... they're so theatrical and visual, this should be on Broadway or, even better, an open-air stage." Ah, always the thespian. Besides, if the Flaming Lips can do it, why not this indie rock collective?

I am with the family now in Big D, and can't wait to rock House of Blues. We have a special treat for you.....
xo
jess

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

"Oh California I'm Coming Home"

Fun Portland and Eugene shows.....geez the west coast is great. Lots of friendly excited people....thanks for your energy.
For those of you at the Eugene show, did you dig the dance party at the end? I thought it was kind of fun, Jennie said it was cheesy...(shes going to kill me)
Now Polyphonic's ready to rock Anaheim California....watch out Mickey Mouse!
Be sure to make the whole show...The Redwalls....fantastic, the quite charming Rooney boys, and of course The Polyphonic Spree.

xoxo
jessica

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Hi everyone.
We are here in Seattle today. Its really really cold, well at least for me. However Evan did point out that I am wearing peep toe shoes.....shall we move on.

Really looking forward to the show tonight. Its always a great crowd here. Also there is a great little place to eat in the museum a couple of blocks away...they have lavender martinis.....oops am I supposed to be blogging about the band?

So about to do sound check....I am antsy. I thinks its going to be a good one!

C'mon on out ya'll

*loves*

Monday, October 22, 2007

Listening to the Thumbsucker soundtrack. One of my favorite recordings of all time. You should light a candle dim the lights and listen with a friend. Its magical.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Oh my gosh, you all. Lawrence, Kansas was a great show. I am still thrilled. It was definitly a bubble show. Sometimes everything in a show just clicks in every way possible....we call that being in the bubble. Its beautiful!

Well anyway...if you are ever in that neck of the woods you should stop by Miltons and have brunch. They serve breakfast till 2pm and its totally fresh. Jennie Kelley and I had a date with each other, eggs benedict florentine, and a fantastic Bloody Mary. The Bloody Mary even had okra in it. Mmmmhhhh.

We are off today. Julie and the kids are flying in for some family time with Papa T. I think its a movie day for me. I've got to catch up. Darjeerling Limited anyone?

Hope to see you in Denver.

*love*
jessica

Friday, October 19, 2007

oops!
Its Schwartzman, not Shwartzman...
and performance, not preformance.

Don't be jealous. I am a fantastic speller!

*love*
Hi everybody! This is Jessica Jordan. I am new to the blogger world for the most part. My goal is to keep you updated on the Person to Person Tour. So, here we go.

We have some new faces joining us. Zach Attack, on trombone. Elizabeth and Ariel in the choir.
Did you know Zach used to play trombone in the circus. I think thats pretty cool...just a little trivia for you...stay tuned for more.
Elizabeth and Ariel have blended so beautifully with the rest of us girls. They really are lovley.

So....the tour. You really should check it out. I have enjoyed each preformance so much! The Redwallls, Rooney, and Polyphonic. What a different mix. The shows are fantastic! Bonus: Our tour mates are super friendly.
We all put on our dancing shoes at the Redwalls cd releace party in Chicago. Matt Bricker, and Robert Shwartzman were on DJ duty. They did a great job. The tunes were fun. The vibe was great. Its gonna be a good one.

Hope to see you all soon, you really shouldn't miss it.

*love*
jessica

Thursday, September 13, 2007

we need to blog. duh. sooooooooooo much happening and will gladly share. let us get some people on board to express. this is merely just to let ya know we are alive, existent and aware! thanks.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Tim DeLaughter and Julie Doyle of The Polyphonic Spree were the guests on this week's gorilla vs. bear Sirius Satellite Radio show. Tim and Julie will talked about The Fragile Army, how much they miss Tripping Daisy, a new film that Tim is scoring, and a lot more over the 2 hour show, which airs today, Monday June 18, at noon and midnight EST on Left of Center channel 26. If you aren't a subscriber, you can get free trial at sirius.com.

Oh yeah....The Fragile Army comes out June 19. That's tomorrow.

cp

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Raise your ears, hold onto your hearts, and get ready for a preview of the making of "THE FRAGILE ARMY"


POLYPHONIC SPREE LISTENING PARTY
Join us (OTHER MUSIC NYC) at our monthly listening party at K&M, next Thursday, when we'll be featuring Polyphonic Spree's forthcoming album, The Fragile Army, which hits store shelves on Tuesday, June 19th. It all gets started at 10:00 P.M., when we'll play the album in its entirety, and then afterwards, Other Music DJs will play records for the rest of the night. TVT Records have promised lots of giveaways, including free CD singles of "Running Away" (with a full album mashup), posters, and a couple of access cards for a free digital download of the whole record. As always, there'll be drink specials all night long.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14
10 P.M. to Last Call

K&M BAR:
225 N. 8th Street (Corner of Roebling)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
*NO COVER*
WE WANT TO SEE YOU...PLEASE COME TO OUR PARTY!!!

WE HAVE REASON TO CELEBRATE.

LOVE,
THE BAND


A ROCK AND ROLL RECEPTION
“Good Food, Good Wine & GOOD RECORDS”

WHEN: Monday, June 18, 2007
9 pm – 1 am

WHERE: Good Records
1808 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206
214-752-GOOD [4663]

WHAT: Good Records and Urbano Paninoteca host their fourth “Rock and Roll Wine” event.

This month’s event is at Good Records to introduce The Polyphonic Spree’s heavily anticipated new release, “The Fragile Army” with special visual, audio and food presentations.

The Polyphonic Spree members will be on hand to meet with fans and sign CDs, which will go on sale at midnight.

New music from the White Stripes will also be previewed.

COST: Admission along with food and wine from Urbano are free (first come, first serve!)

WHY: Good Records and Urbano are working together to take traditional wine tastings and dinners to a new level by adding great new music to the mix.

Web: Go to www.goodrecords.com, www.urbanodallas.com, and www.thepolyphonicspree.com for more information.

MAKE SURE AND READ THE BLOG BELOW FOR A SURPRISE.....
TUESDAY JUNE 12, 2007...READ ME.....NEW SURPRISES.....

hello.

ok. so we've made it a habit here and there to promise ya stuff and then it takes awhile. apologies. when yer trying to achieve something worthwhile, sometimes it just takes.... time.

soon, very soon, like tomorrow morning, we'll post the trailer to the documentary RAISE YOUR EARS AND HOLD ONTO YOUR HEART...it seems like every band these days has the ole "extra footage" thing happening to trick ya into buying the cd. well, we really hope you'll buy our's cuz it is the first time we've been able to put something together after all this time. and again, it's only a glimpse into the whole story of the spree. it truly can't do the entire invention and evolution justice but..in its own small way, it will give ya insight to the making of this album.

the story from the beginning and all the colorful personalities past and present in the band will unfold in time. i believe anyone who has been involved with the spree on some level can agree it's been an unreal, unusual experience. and overall enlightening. it's a process.

this band wouldn't be what it is today without every person who has engaged at some point...ya see, the polyphonic spree is much more than just the music, it's a "happening."

whether it's been a player in the group, a singer...or the team around the band, it takes all involved to make it a reality!


one day it is our wish to put it all out there. but the story is still writing itself. and for now, there isn't an ending! bear with us.

enjoy your glimpse. (and always remember, the true key to anything worth watching and believing must have a great editor, without them, yer stuff sucks!)

xo,
doesn't matter who this is from but it can be trusted!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Captured
well... its my lucky day... as well as chris'... hal stepped in and saved it. thanks hal for posting this stuff.




yesterday we realized we needed more footage..went to hal's place on
the roof and tried for magic. was fun even tho we'd been up most of
the night.....all nighters lately and deadlines have been our middle
name/s.



i got to shoot some footage myself. hal gave me the camera, said i was prob a bit more "agile" and could squat down further than him and chase tim around. i think he was just being nice. that dude has alot of energy and can get in any position.


here you see tim holding out 4 fingers..this would be our way to keep
track of what footage was what.


jeremy (editor), brandon (graphic designer), myself and tim last night after the animal collective show..we stopped by to see what was happening...the look on our faces? i dunno.

would be last night to work on this baby, we thought..........the functional, american family...do you see yourself?



i called my brother earlier, the wolf..i panicked a bit realizing we
needed two dv tapes for final process tonight/4am pick up...time to
download our video. can always depend on him to make it happen...besides, when the band is gone, that means most of my friends
are gone.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

hi. waiting for chris to get all the updated blog info and pics i emailed him a few moments ago from the current project happening..at hal's editing our first video from the song RUNNING AWAY..watching people go thru over 70,000 still images is INSANE...i'm sitting here writing as we have a 4am deadline....(btw, i learned DHL ROCKS...)..these guys have been going non stop...hal, jeremy and brandon.

the reason you have to wait? i am a dork and don't know how to post pics along with text!

so anyway, the point at hand.....i realized we never blogged a few weeks ago when working on the documentary (raise your ears and hold on to your heart..the making of the fragile army). this will be available with purchase of album. and the first time we've ever given a real look behind the scenes of polyphonic in action..it's about 51 minutes. and raw. be prepared...still, i'd be lying if i didn't mention it is only a "glimpse."

so....it happened like this...when brainstorming dif ideas a couple of months ago for release of the fragile army album, i threw it out there maybe we could simply gather some behind the scenes footage for a limited edition piece. well, it went straight to back burner and when we got the call while out of town asking if "that footage was ready" i about died. there had never been any further discussion on the matter so of course i'd done nothing. however, i was relieved they only requested 8-15 minutes being we'd get back to dallas with only 3 days to deliver...along with the fact i'd not watched any of the footage back from when i originally captured it..which would be a time span of about one year. so of course i asked chris to PLEASE help me!! we started there, going thru footage a bit at a time at my kitchen table. hours and hours and hours of footage.


well...let's just say they (TVT) were generous and gave us a few extra days... along with yes/go productions (jason whitbeck, who made his space avail to us here in dallas immediately) and miles "genius" hargrove (editor) who, no doubt, made this documentary a reality....the whole thing would come together. somehow.

our wish was to share some of the process in a literal sense for real fans of the spree while also hoping anyone could/would relate to what it's like when you're working on something that's imortant to ya...moving forward even when your support system falls out from underneath you.

yes, we were dropped by our record label right after basic tracks were finished. it's our specialty. however, we eventually went on to find a home at tvt once album was finished...



we don't have any photos but since chris is a much better writer than i, maybe he can actually describe what those 6 days were like creating the piece...maybe, maybe not.

i learned today pitchfork (pitchforkmedia.com) will go live with the trailer from the movie tues morning.

til then...adios.
julie

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Chris Penn here....decompressing from the aqualung that is the SportStar.....we had a wonderful time in Nashville, Asheville, New York, Norfolk, Chapel Hill, and Athens...thanks to all those that attended....if you ever get a chance to sneak backstage at the Norva it is the taj mahal of backstage areas......

Julie though it would be a good idea to steer you guys in the direction of Hal Samples blog......
http://www.halsamples.com/blog/
gives you a glimpse into the "bubble."

great things in store for 2007 & 2008.....

Thursday, April 26, 2007

RAISE YOUR EARS AND HOLD ON TO YOUR HEART...remember those "snippets" we promised ya months and months ago? Well, here they are. Finally. We sincerely hope you enjoy them!

http://www.tvtrecords.com/artists/thepolyphonicspree/mashup/

Go here to download a unique preview of the entire new album (free MP3!)

The Polyphonic Spree has created an eight-minute mashup of the new album, THE FRAGILE ARMY, containing sections of all 11 tracks. The mashup will give ya a taste of what's on the way when THE FRAGILE ARMY is released on June 19, 2007. Says Tim, "You are about to experience a sample of our latest recording achievement. Please raise your ears and hold on to your heart as we prepare you for The Fragile Army."

With Love,
The Band

Monday, April 02, 2007

New CONFIRMED Dates

2007 looks to be a busy year for The Polyphonic Spree....here is a mere tip of the iceberg of shows....look for more dates to be added shortly....see you soon.....

Monday May 7, 2007
City Hall
405 12th Ave S.
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 244-2056
Doors 7pm $18.00
http://www.cityhallnashville.com/
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1B003E7796AC7D21?artistid=842604&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60

Tuesday May 8, 2007
Orange Peel
101 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 225-5851
8:00 PM show (7:00 PM doors)
$18.00 advance / $20.00 doors
http://www.theorangepeel.net
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&pl=orangepeel&eventId=169986

Friday May 11, 2007
Hammerstein Grand Ballroom
311 West 34th Street
Doors 6:30pm, Show 8:00pm.
http://www.highlinefestival.com

Sat May 12, 2007
Norva
317 Monticello Ave
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 622-5915
show time: 8:30 PM
doors open: 7:30 PM
price: $18.00 day of show: $21.00
http://www.thenorva.com
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/01003E7CA5CF7C11?artistid=842604&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60

Sun May 13, 2007
Cat's Cradle
300 E Main St.
Carborro, NC 27510
(919) 967-9053
Doors: 8:00pm, Show: 8:45pm
$15 Advance, $18 Day of Show
http://www.catscradle.com/
http://www.etix.com/ticket/servlet/onlineSale?action=selectPerformance&performance_id=570839

Monday May 14, 2007
40 Watt Club
285 W. Washington Street
Athens, GA 30601
(706) 549-7871
9 PM Doors
$15 Advance
http://www.40watt.com

Sunday May 27, 2007
Main Stage
Sasquatch Festival
Doors Open: 11:00AM
The Gorge Ampitheatre
754 Silica Road NW
Quincy, WA, 98848
http://www.sasquatchfestival.com/

Monday, March 12, 2007

Take a listen to a sneak peek snippet of Section 22 [Running Away] from the forthcoming The Fragile Army via our website http://www.thepolyphonicspree.com


photo courtesy of Hal Samples

For Immediate Release March 12, 2007


The Polyphonic Spree
Signs with TVT Records

Highly Anticipated Third Album
The Fragile Army In Stores this June


Dallas symphonic rock group The Polyphonic Spree have signed with TVT Records for the release of their third full-length album, The Fragile Army. The new album's title was given to the group by director/filmmaker/artist Mike Mills, whose 2005 film Thumbsucker was scored by the Spree's Tim DeLaughter. The Fragile Army reveals a collection of sonic blasts filtered thru The Polyphonic Spree's trademark sound: an unorthodox blend of brass, strings, choir and auxiliary rock elements. The album explores a search for the zeal in life, by way of loss and frustration, confusion and clarity. Ultimately, the Spree discover the power of love and the collective of hope in songs such as "Running Away," "Light To Follow" and "Overblow Your Nest." The album will be in stores in June 2007 (exact release date TBA). See reverse for a track list.

"We have entered a new phase in our musical contribution," say Spree leaders/songwriters Tim DeLaughter and Julie Doyle. "This recording was extremely challenging for us, trying to create a piece of art while weathering the storm of our collective relationship as humans in a political climate that's choking us all. When we listen back it feels like a diary more than anything else. It's painful and beautiful all at once, kinda like life." Welcome to "The Fragile Army."

Along with the evolved sound comes an effected new look for The Polyphonic Spree. The group has folded their robes up nicely and put them away for now, becoming more "streamline for the future" in their unified military-style uniforms garnished with universal symbols for peace. "We're gearing up for the evolution," says DeLaughter.

Co-produced by John Congleton (of Dallas band The Paper Chase) and The Speekers (aka DeLaughter and Doyle), The Fragile Army was recorded at studios in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and Duncanville, Texas, as well as renowned producer Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studio in Chicago and the Spree's own home studio, The Triplex, in Dallas. The album was mixed by Jay Ruston and The Speekers and mastered by Dave Cooley.

DeLaughter and Doyle collaborated on the lyrics and basic songs, then worked out arrangements with the Spree's 16 instrumentalists and eight choir members in the studio -- a different approach to arranging and recording than on their previous album, 2004's Together We're Heavy. DeLaughter describes the process: "For our last record, we'd been on the road so long that songs had been developed there and were pretty
much fully arranged by the time of recording," he says. "But this is a very spontaneous album. We'd been off the road for a while, and all the players collaborated on the spot in the studio, learning one song at a time and then collaborating on ideas and parts."

On the title track "The Fragile Army," DeLaughter and Doyle delve explicitly for the first time into their feelings on the war in Iraq, and its reverberations back home. "It's basically an ode-to-Bush song," DeLaughter says. "It's very specific in its agenda, I believe it's our own battle cry."

The Fragile Army is The Polyphonic Spree's first release via TVT Records. "TVT has always been about singular artists," said TVT Records Senior Vice President Paul Burgess. "You'd be hard pressed to find a more singular act than the Spree. We are pleased and proud to hook up with this tremendous band and hope to help build them a bigger audience. The Fragile Army is a brilliant and accomplished album that will rank up their with this year's best."


The Polyphonic Spree at SXSW 2007

Fri 3/16 12:30 AM Austin Music Hall Ballroom (Convention Center)
Sat 3/17 12:00 PM Bootleg BBQ @ Mean Eyed Cat (1621 West 5th St)
Sat 3/17 5:00 PM The Mohawk outside (912 Red River)
Sat 3/17 11:00 PM La Zona Rosa (612 W 4th St)


The Fragile Army track list

1. Section 21 [Together We're Heavy]
2. Section 22 [Running Away]
3. Section 23 [Get Up And Go]
4. Section 24 [The Fragile Army]
5. Section 25 [Younger Yesterday]
6. Section 26 [We Crawl]
7. Section 27 [Mental Cabaret]
8. Section 28 [Guaranteed Nightlite]
9. Section 29 [Light To Follow]
10. Section 30 [Watch Us Explode (Justify)]
11. Section 31 [Overblow Your Nest]
12. Section 32 [The Championship]


www.thepolyphonicspree.com
www.thefragilearmy.com
www.tvtrecords.com
www.littlebigman.com/pr

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Fragile Army

hello all. babies are born.new albums are born.a new year is born.

in the meantime, in our small world we are delighted to inform you that our new album The Fragile Army is in its final stages, being mastered tonight by Dave Cooley in LA after long hours of sequencing etc with Mark P. at The Triplex in Dallas....

we are starting to play out again in march..stay tuned!

xoxo
j