The Polyphonic Spree have announced their newest LP Yes It’s True for an August release. This’ll be the latest in a string of several releases for the Spree, following Songs From the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Holidaydream. Polyphonic Spree frontman Tim DeLaughter was kind enough to answer a couple questions about what all his band has been up to.
Tim Delaughter :: the YANP Interview
YANP: “You Don’t Know Me” is a positive, but very defensive, song. Were you writing that from a place where you felt under attack?
Tim DeLaughter: You know, when you’re in The Polyphonic Spree you’re constantly met with doubt and skepticism. It’s been like that since the beginning. It’s one of the reasons why I turned an experiment of a sound into a band with a sound. Even our attire seemed to provoke assumptions and misread accusations. Sorry we don’t look like every other trendy lumberjack with a stash and a monocle. HaHa!!
You’re set to release three albums within a year of each other: Holidaydream (Oct 2012), Songs from the Rocky Horror Picture Show (March 2013) and Yes It’s True (August 2013). What was the band’s schedule like in 2012 and early 2013? Were these projects that had the work spread out for a long period of time or did you guys hit a period where it was nonstop work?
2012 and 2013 were and still are periods of a quite a bit of recording as well as touring…writing, and figuring it all out. it’s been one of the busiest phases this band has had in terms of being all over the map, even geographically. Hence, we are performing in Korea, Australia, France Poland and UK here shortly over a 9 day period. I’d say that schedule alone sums up the last 18 months. It’s been a significant time for us and new beginnings. Oh yeah, as far as releases we also have a live show and dvd/doc being released this year from 2012!
You funded the recording of this new album through Kickstarter. What was your experience like with that? Was there a similar album-funding kickstarter that convinced you it was a viable and respectable way to cover recording costs?
Kickstarter is fantastic platform for any program. For artists with a vision it’s amazing in many ways. It’s finally giving the artist a freedom to create and play to the masses without giving up your work to the “man”. That in itself is huge! But, the community aspect is divine. The ability to connect to your audience and have a global view of your audience is AMAZING. It gives your fans a since of pride of knowing they are in someway responsible for your endeavor and as a fan/band aspect, I cant think of a better relationship. They don’t want your blood, they just want your music, and that’s how it should be.
What was your experience like releasing the Bullseye app in 2011? Several bands have been coming up with new ways to make music interactive. Do you think things like music apps could turn into the norm?
I completely loved the “Bullseye app” our friends at Moonbot Studios pitched the idea to us and we went for it. When we did it, I think we were one of the first to try the waters so to speak. I love the idea of music being interactive in any form. I think the trick is going to be how to figure out what medium to use and giving the artist that tool to put in their toolbox. I think if its friendly and accessible it could win in a big way.