The Polyphonic Spree never fails to bring me to a happy place. No matter how un-good my day is, they make me smile. Fitting, since the band was born from tragedy. The three original members of The Polyphonic Spree- Tim DeLaughter,Mark Pirro and Bryan Wakeland - were members of the 1990's band Tripping Daisy until guitarist Wes Berggren died in 1999 of a drug overdose and the band ended with him. In 2000, DeLaughter was approached about putting together a short set of songs in support of the band Grandaddy. Instead of reforming and performing Tripping Daisy material, DeLaughter decided to go with the idea of putting together a symphonic rock band - complete with choir - so he put out the word and created the beginnings of The Polyphonic Spree. What originally began with 13 members has grown to include as many as 27 (the current line-up is 23). So, from great tragedy comes great beauty - much like the phoenix rising to the sun.
Section 9: Light and Day by The Polyphonic Spree from their 2002 debut album "In the Beginning Stages of ..."
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