I think this is a band that’s a perfect cure for it getting dark at 5 fucking pm.
When you think of Dallas, Texas, choral pop rock generally isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. The Polyphonic Spree sounds like if you mixed Panic at the Disco with Forgive Durden’s Razia’s Shadow: A Musical. Their catchy riffs and dramatic choral arrangements, make this much more of a concept album than individual songs thrown together on a typical pop album.
This is not the band for you if you prefer short, light songs.
Section 12 (Hold Me Now) is the perfect representation of what The Spree brings to the table. It’s a symphonic declaration that no matter what, there’s always gonna be someone there for you, weaving its mood in and out until finishing on a soaring high note. Meanwhile, Section 19 (When the Fool Becomes a King) is a 10+ minute epic reminiscent of The Age of Adz with its multiple sections and orchestral arrangements punctuating more typical song elements.
While I talked about their album Together We’re Heavy, give The Beginning Stages Of… a listen as well (it’s the first ten sections to Heavy’s last ten). I’ll link it below.
I remember With a Little Help From My Friends very fondly from all my viewings of the Sgt. Pepper’s movie. It’s catchy, it goes hand in hand with Hold Me Now, and most importantly, it’s incredibly memorable. While it’s certainly not The Beatle’s most popular or greatest song, I challenge you not to hum along whenever you hear that familiar rhythm.