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Interview:
Polyphonic Spree knows big things can come to small "packages"
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Polyphonic Spree doesn't necessarily sell many albums, but it's a big band -- membership can swell up to two dozen, and the configuration for it's current tour is 18.

And that makes playing clubs such as Ferndale's the Magic Bag a challenge, but a welcome one to group founder Tim DeLaughter.

"We almost pride ourselves on playing these smaller venues, just because people say we can't," says DeLaughter, 48, who founded the psychedelic-flavored chorale rock group in 2000, after the disollution of his previous band Tripping Daisy. "I love the intimacy of smaller rooms, when I can get into the crowd and you start playing music and you're that close and get the energy level up.

"Sometimes we have to use our road (equipment) cases to build up the stage, but that's OK. The effort is worth it. It's just a different experience."

DeLaughter says Polyphonic Spree got a sense it could make the club shows work by accident. The group was performing at the Nobel Peace Price Awards a decade ago when a fan approached and invited DeLaughter and company to play at a bar he owned around the corner.

"We had a day off, so we went into his place, and it was literally about the size of a bedroom," he recalls. "We literally put four shoots of plywood on milk cartons for a stage, and it was just freaking awesome."

Polyphonic Spree recently released "Psychphonic," an album featuring remixes of the tracks from its latest studio set, 2013's "Yes, It's True." The group is also working on a new album, which DeLaughter describes as "more of a psychedelic journey, less about song and more of a concept record. The beauty of this band is we can basically go anywhere we want to go musically, and each record has been different from the last, which we love."

The Polyphonic Spree

Friday, Aug. 22. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale

Tickets are $23

Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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