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Size matters to chorale rockers Polyphonic Spree

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With upwards of 20 members on stage at any given time and more than 50 that have passed through the group's ranks since 2000, Polyphonic Spree leader Tim DeLaughter is apt to forget a name here and there.

But he says that habit isn't exclusive to the group, either.

"It's not a 'Spree' thing," note DeLaughter, 46, who fronted the Dallas rock band Tripping Daisy before starting his current chorale rock collective. "I have a habit of calling out several names before getting to my own, sometimes. I still call people by my dead dog's name at times; he passed away 10 years ago.

"It's kind of disturbing..."

DeLaughter and the Spree have released three full-length albums and three EPs, with occasional mainstream exposure in a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle/iPod ad and in film soundtracks, most recently the group's "Light and Day/Reach For the Sun" appeared in the trailer for "The Lorax." At this juncture, however, DeLaughter and company are leaking a song at a time -- "Bullseye" and "What Would You Do" are already out -- a practice he says will continue for the foreseeable future.

"The singles were recorded at different times, two completely separate snapshots of where we were at the given time," DeLaughter explains. "Recently we recorded a handful of songs that may be released as (singles) or as a complete listening experience -- hence, (an) album. We are going back into the studio after this tour.

"It allows complete freedom for us to release a song or album whenever we'd like, without any rules. It's inspiring to create our own agenda and do what feels right at any given moment."

Polyphonic Spree performs Thursday, May 17, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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