The Polyphonic Spree @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol, 10/06/2014

The Polyphonic SpreeA truly unique stage show is a rare thing to achieve. Of the few artists who have managed it, The Polyphonic Spree do it with an enchanting mix of flair and zealotry that's impossible to replicate. In many ways, the Trinity Centre is an ideal venue for a band like this; an old church that has now become home to an eclectic collection of music and art.

The second support act MT (Many Things) provide a very apt warm up for the night’s theatrics with their lively and bizarre combination of glittery jumpsuits, vocoders drenched in reverberation and highly charged synth-pop.

Then come the Spree.

As the lights go down and the crowd hush, the town crier stands before a blank white banner that surrounds the stage and announces their happy and welcomed return to Bristol. The crier chants with the crowd and starts a two way interaction that will become so important in the night's entertainment. After a few more prompted cheers of the new album’s title Yes, It’s True!, the crier steps aside and the white banner is illuminated. A slow, building instrumental drone rises in the background.  The immaculate surface of the fabric is disturbed when a black line begins to form from within, and it becomes apparent that someone is spraying something on the reverse of the material. Starting with a question mark and working backwards, the invisible artist forms a simple two word question that provokes the crowd into almost maniacal cheers of joy and acceptance, a question that demonstrates the love of Bristol and perhaps its largest export.

“Banksy Who?”

After cutting his way through the barrier of cloth, front man Tim Delaughter bursts forth and the audience are instantly pulled into the crazy, semi-religious world that is a performance by The Polyphonic Spree.

The set is littered with old classics and relatively new material that blends in with their classic pop style. Just over halfway through the show, Delaughter announces they're about to play a song that may not be the most pleasing for the crowd, but nonetheless, it's their psychedelic journey song and they're going to play it anyway.  The song in question turns out to be a beautiful rendition of “Porpoise Song” by The Monkees. It elevates the collective consciousness into obscurity. I can only close my eyes and drift away on the waves of sound as the light show ripples across my eyelids and transports my mind into the hallucinatory nether-realms of the human psyche.

Throughout the evening, we transcend the borders of classic pop into a more psychedelic place. We end with a return to pop roots with fan favourites “Light and Day” and “Soldier Girl”.  A fantastic evening, filled with genuine emotion from the band and some of the most beautiful fan appreciation a band can express in this age of disconnected, emotionally defunct musical performances.

A jolly good show and one that definitely is worthy of your future presence.

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One Response to “The Polyphonic Spree @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol, 10/06/2014”

  1. Elliot Smith 21/06/2014 at 10:15 pm #

    Awesome review, the language used was captivating and interesting to read. I look forward to reading more by Mr Tom Colyer.

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