Dont Miss the Polyphonic Spree Tomorrow at Webster Hall

May 22nd, 2012

When Tripping Daisy guitarist Wes Berggen overdosed on drugs in 1999, it affected frontman Tim DeLaughter in more ways than one. For starters, it led to the breakup of the band, but Berggen’s death also prompted DeLaughter to find religion in places other than a church, like the trees and the sun. And while Berggen was now dead, the music was not. So DeLaughter, along with Tripping Daisy bandmates Jeff Bouck (percussion), Mark Pirro (bass) and Bryan Wakeland (drums), formed the massive chamber-pop group the Polyphonic Spree. This new band began as just 12 musicians before soon blossoming into a 24-piece, with a 10-person choir, a large variety of instruments, some electronic effects and DeLaughter as the musical director and lead vocalist. Since then, the Polyphonic Spree (above, doing “Light & Day”) has put out three LPs, three EPs and three live DVDs, and they play Webster Hall tomorrow.