The Polyphonic Spree
The Polyphonic Spree began July 15, 2000 as one man’s desire to hear a sound he dreamt about; before most bands over the last decade, that are often compared in sound and vision to the Spree, were formed. The Polyphonic Spree have traversed the globe several times over much to the dismay of those that thought the band would never leave its hometown of Dallas, TX. They have appeared at every major music festival and late night television program.
The Polyphonic Spree has ranged in size from 13 to 27 members. It has never been about the size but about the sound. The band currently has 22 active members.
The Polyphonic Spree have released five full length studio albums up to this point: The Beginning Stages of..., Together We’re Heavy The Fragile Army, Holidaydream. And Yes, It’s True.
Tim DeLaughter has also scored the motion pictures “Thumbsucker” and “Visioneers.” He also wrote and performed the Emmy nominated theme song for the Showtime series “The United States of Tara.”
Often imitated but never duplicated the psychphonic ensemble The Polyphonic Spree moves forward on its path.
Icewater was formed in 2010 by Michael Rosen, Malcolm Perkins and Grant Martin. Grant had just moved to New York from San Francisco, bringing with him the desire to start a band, and for that band to be called Icewater. The three friends started out in Michael's bedroom - two acoustic guitars, Michael's signature Wurlitzer, and a handful of original country songs. After a while they wanted to play louder so they found Noah Hecht and asked him to play the drums. With Noah, the band worked hard for a few years crafting a sound that was very much their own: delicate, melodic and textural, with moments of profound heaviness - a vast open field scattered with the dark shadows of occasional clouds.
In 2013, Grant Martin tragically passed away as the band's first album Collector's Edition was in its final stages of completion. Michael, Malcolm and Noah vowed to keep Icewater, and Grant's vision alive. Collaborating with their own pain, they completed the album. They couldn't not.
In the months following the completion of Collector's Edition, Icewater was unsure of its future. Should they continue as a trio? Should they continue at all? Ultimately, they decided to ask Michael's younger brother Jonathan to join the band on the bass. Jonathan was playing in a band called Cardboard, which had played many shows with Icewater. With this new lineup Icewater was braced with an energy that allowed them to performCollector's Edition and release the record.
The group evolved and began writing new material. Over the course of a long harsh winter, the band spent a dizzying amount of time writing the songs for their 2nd LP Cardinal. In April, Icewater went down to Virginia to record Cardinal in a big red barn called White Star Sound. There is no immediate release date scheduled for Cardinal, but the band is excited to announce the release of a two track EP (recorded at The Rumpus Room) on October 2nd. Please join them at their EP Release show at Union Pool on October 10th.