Last week I was fortunate to see the group the Polyphonic Spree at Webster Hall in New York City. I had seen them several years ago opening up for David Bowie and since then I’ve seen them every time they’ve come to New York.
They are one of my favorite live bands and their concerts are transformative and full of positive energy. I had wanted to get the newest iPhone before the concert so I could try out the camera with the flash. We arrived early and we were pretty close to the stage. As you can see from the pictures the group is wearing choir gowns with hearts sewn on them.
One of the highlights of the show for me was their rendition of the Who’s Tommy medley. At the last concert tour several years ago they did a show of all covers. One of my favorite covers at that show was Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.”. Another highlight was a song called “2000 Paces” where they sing: you got to be good, you got to be strong, you gotta be 2000 places at once”. You can hear a version of it on a live recording on NPR Music.
The band was recording a future live album during the concert which I’m really excited about. You can see more photos from the show on the Brooklyn Vegan website.