When I saw that The Polyphonic Spree had a new EP coming out I jumped on it. The band has one of the more original, innovative sounds and styles around.
Who would guess that Tim DeLaughter, former lead singer for Tripping Daisy, would go on to head this ensemble project?
The EP is fittingly titled Wait, since that is what fans are doing as they anticipate the new album, The Fragile Army, coming out. I didn't know what to make of the EP – which includes covers of "Love My Way" by the Psychedelic Furs and "Lithium" by Nirvana – so I put that and other questions to DeLaughter in an interview conducted by email.
I'm not sure what to make of the covers of Psychedelic Furs and Nirvana on your EP. Why did you decide on those particular songs?
It's one of those things that we didn't overthink. It was spontaneous and we had a chance to work with Jon Brion. He came to Dallas for an evening and we just cranked out different ideas and songs 'til we stumbled upon these two. The idea was to do a cover or two but not sure what. Yes, ballsy to have covered Nirvana. But Jon made sure it was our own while paying tribute to one of the best songs ever written.
I read your new album is going to be anti-war. Is that correct?
Hmmmm. The new album asks questions as we humans constantly do… then has bursts of emotion exploring politics, love and relationships… and how we are affected.
The best is obviously the opportunity to play with so many great players… as well as the adventure instrumentally. I love the immediate gratification I get with this group.
The worst? Having approximately 30 people on the road and in the studio trying to survive in order to present a real show/recording with all instruments intact whilst hearing about three- and four-piece bands "hiring" out a sound for studio recordings, then being hailed as a "rock opera" in the commercial world while traveling in two or three buses with little, or true presentation of the title they've earned.