Around the middle of last week, I decided that I had had too much real life in my life. I needed glorious escapism. I needed an event so massively happy that it would take the weight of responsibility off my shoulders for at least one day.
I needed to see the Polyphonic Spree again.
A thin red sheet was stretched in front of the stage before the band took their places. As they noiselessly took their places out of sight, a projector flashed the word’s to John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth” while it played over the speakers. At its end, Tim cut a heart into the sheet before finally splitting it in two.
Though the setlist was a bit weaker than Nashville, the band seemed more alive. They opened the encore (white robes) with a cover of Nirvana’s “Lithium.” I never expected to see it live, but know now that it’s a treat among treats. The energy coming from the band was palpable, and the we must’ve returned it tenfold.
They closed with a pushing-seventeen-minute version of “When the Fool Becomes a King.” It started with dueling drum solos, turned into drumming on violins and basses and lead into its usual grandeur. Without a doubt the best way to close a Spree show.
More photos after the jump.