The Polyphonic Spree
THE POLYPHONIC SPREE has confirmed a month-long summer North American tour supporting their new album, THE FRAGILE ARMY. TVT Records will release THE FRAGILE ARMY on June 19, with the tour kicking off June 23 in the Spree's hometown of Dallas and continuing through 25 dates in major markets across the U.S. and Canada, concluding August 3 at Lollapalooza in Chicago.

The Polyphonic Spree has adopted a new look and sound for THE FRAGILE ARMY, with more driven, urgent songwriting and black military-style uniforms replacing their trademark robes. Reviewing a live set from this year's SXSW music festival, Pitchfork described the new Spree: "Less sedentary sun-worship and more a momentum-fueled call to arms. Less grace and shimmer, a little more chaos and danger. And oh yes -- still positively exhilarating to behold."

The same day THE FRAGILE ARMY hits stores, TVT will also release a Special Edition of the album, packaged with a 52-minute DVD documentary on the making of the album, compiled and edited by Spree co-leader Julie Doyle; a video for the album's title track, shot by Dallas photographer Hal Samples; and a "The Fragile Army" patch, similar to those on the sleeves of the band's new black uniforms.

The Polyphonic Spree tour dates available HERE.


[Published on: 5/21/07]

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sunnbear Mon 5/21/2007 10:52AM
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Very trippy choir.

cloudhidden Mon 5/21/2007 11:42AM
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How do the members survive on the road as a mid-tier band? 23 members! That is a lot of pieces of the paycheck pie!

Greatwaves Mon 5/21/2007 01:00PM
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BRING BACK THE ROBES, get rid of the army gear.... please
cant wait til the cleveland show, pumped
definatly missin Umphreys at Nelson ledges for the Spree

dannymo star Mon 5/21/2007 01:16PM
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thank god for the costume change..the hippy cult choir look was soooo creepy

Detroit Funk Mon 5/21/2007 06:38PM
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Detroit Funk

I don't know, the robes kind of made them feel like a true psychedelic choir to me. now they are just a bunch of singers dressed in black.

beatleboy000 star Tue 5/22/2007 10:40AM
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DBang Tue 5/22/2007 01:10PM
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hmmm...interesting that everyone is talking about the clothes instead of the music. I think their new music is very much worthy of conversation...the uniforms are really just a gimmick.

oh, and beatleboy000: SCI was thinking that you'd be out in the parking lot partying during the opener anyway, so what did it matter? Didn't you get the memo?

assafjaffe Tue 5/22/2007 01:53PM
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DBang has it right, enough about the clothes. I've seen them live, they were ok. Their second album consistantly blows my mind, maybe some of you chumps need to listen to them before you talk crap. They are a strange bunch but I don't see anyone else doing what they do, in these days of white washed lame pop music and alot of jam music that doesn't grab me the Spree are a welcoem addition to my collection.

BGsteveBG starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/22/2007 05:33PM
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I think these guys kick ass. I bet they hardly make any money and they all probably work at burger king on the side to pay their bills.. They probably dont have a crew, i bet they move all their own crap, otherwise they would have like 60 people on their payroll

theivywall Tue 5/22/2007 05:34PM
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yeah I thought their first album was pretty great, having heard anything after that, they seem like they'd be an intense live act to observe, lots of joyousness and trippy angelic voices, maybe just too much joy with not enough underbelly for some folks, I could see that

Dcknyc starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/22/2007 09:13PM
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whatever you may think of their robes, army get ups, or anything else odd about the spree, these guys put on an infectiously powerful show and i highly recommend you go check it out.

nobodysjam starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/22/2007 09:41PM
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weak! what is this band, 23 guys and gals dressed like Nazi's or Floyd in The Wall, what are they gonna do, steal the hammer symbol from the Russians next? I don't get this move, must signal a darker something, I liked my SPREE well, FUN. My Chemical Romance and NIN..look out. These 23 mutha's gonna F you up!

beatleboy000 Wed 5/23/2007 07:38AM
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The reason that the people are talking about the clothes rather than the music, is because the music is NOT worth talking about. Like they say, if there's nothing nice to say, dont say it at all.
Although, i must say, it was sooo very nice to hear them sing Ride Captain Ride with cheese.