Yes, The Polyphonic Spree Did Cover The Same Thunderclap Newman Song Three Times In One Set on Friday Night in Carrollton. Really.

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All photos by Stephen Masker
Tim DeLaughter was in rare form on Friday night.
Kind of a crazy scene on Friday night in Carrollton. Even in the face of rain and the Texas Rangers clinching a trip to the World Series, a very respectable couple hundred folks turned up in Carrollton Square for the inaugural Festival at the Switchyard to watch a killer double-headlining bill of The Polyphonic Spree and the Old 97's kick off the two-day event.

Indeed, Friday night was something of a trip--particularly the Spree's set as somewhat expected. No, we didn't notice any new songs from the band, The band debuted two new songs (see comments), and it was still a celebratory affair; the first area performance from the group in over a year saw its members dressed in various stages of the band's existence (robes of all colors, military attire, street clothes), and still singing about the sun being all glorious and whatnot, even in the face of the night sky and the rainfall that attendees all-too-willingly stood through. And, with 15 members behind him, Spree leader Tim DeLaughter must've been feeling some sort of love.

Which led to one of the weirder happenings we've ever seen at a rock show.

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So, uh, what were you thinking, Tim?
Some three-quarters of the way into the band's set, which already saw the Spree covering The Who and, later, Paul McCartney, the band covered Thunderclap Newman's "Something In The
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How much Thunderclap Newman can one kid take?
Air" twice in a row. And, actually, that was fewer times than DeLaughter promised before launching into the cover, when he threatened to have the band cover the song four times in a row. Seems he was the only one in on the bit, too: After covering the song the first time, the band was prepared to move on in the set list--only to have DeLaughter halt to proceedings and have the band start the same song up again. Perhaps mercifully, he only halfway fulfilled his promise.

Well, during that part of the show, at least. At the Spree's set's end, the covered the song a third time. Because, according to DeLaughter, that "song is more important now than ever."

It was either the greatest cover ploy we've seen in a live setting or the worst. We're still undecided. Either way, it was memorable. That's for sure.

Kind of beautiful, too, what with the massive stage and video screen set up that Carrollton had set up for the affair. Good thing photographer Stephen Masker was there to cover the visual end of things for us that night.

After the jump, check out a few more choice pics of the Spree, and also of the 97's, as seen through Masker's lens.


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