Polyphonic Spree frontman puts together new group Preteen Zenith 

Remember that surreal, white-robed band/choir from a few years back, The Polyphonic Spree?

Granted, their shows and albums were delightful, but seriously — how long could they keep up that faux-Gospel shtick?

As you might imagine, mastermind Tim DeLaughter has — after spending some time in mad-scientist seclusion — now regrouped, and will be playing his first show in his native Dallas this July as Preteen Zenith. And he’s relaunching his old imprint, Good Records Recordings, just to release the quartet’s new music.

This fresh concept occurred to DeLaughter two years ago, when he sublet a tiny New York apartment, alone, to write and demo new material. An old bandmate from his earlier Tripping Daisy outfit, Philip E. Karnats, suggested he vacation with him in Chicago. But before DeLaughter arrived, his wife Julie Doyle had secretly sent his latest tracks to Karnats, who immediately wanted to record them in his basement studio.

The team clicked.

With ex-Spreesters Jason Garner on drums and Dylan Silvers on guitar, they headed down to Walshtown Retreat Cabin in Memphis for some serious sessions, the results of which will be released this summer.

No robes necessary, thanks! For more information, visit www.preteenzenith.com.

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