Polyphonic Spree's Holiday Extravaganza Haunted by Tripping Daisy

Even amidst the spectacle of the Polyphonic Spree's annual holiday extravaganza show, reminders of Tripping Daisy abound

Considering what Tripping Daisy meant to Dallas music in the '90s, it's a fair reminder. Alongside fellow area acts like Reverend Horton Heat, The Toadies and The Old 97's, the band helped legitimize the Dallas music scene by continuing the Deep Ellum tradition started by other acts in the '80s.

Seeing the troubles faced by Deep Ellum since, those who were around at the time, perhaps fairly, still look fondly upon that era as something of a heyday. And now, more than nine years removed from Tripping Daisy's existence, it's certainly plenty weird to acknowledge that The Polyphonic Spree has been around almost as long as Tripping Daisy was. Even though the Spree will soon boast a longer tenure than Tripping Daisy, it's tough to say that the Spree boasts bigger clout, even on this night, at a show that has drawn in out-of-state fans from as far away as Montana.

As much as they love the Spree, for many, including Brehm, it's Tripping Daisy to which they maintain an emotional connection.

"I just wanted to help out," Brehm says of returning the award to DeLaughter. "I'm not looking for anything back."

Right. 'Tis better to give than receive and whatnot.

But, turns out, there may be something in it for Brehm, after all.

Says DeLaughter: "I've got some unreleased [Tripping Daisy] songs—really, really great stuff—that we're gonna work on releasing in the future."

When? DeLaughter can't say for sure. But for Tripping Daisy fans, that's no doubt quite the treat. OK, sometimes it's better to receive.

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