The Polyphonic Spree have been deemed the latest thing, as with bands like The Hives, The Music & The Strokes you do wonder what all the hype is about. Essentially The Polyphonic Spree are quite odd to look at but nothing Mercury Rev/Grasshopper weren't doing around the mid 1990's (see See You on the Other Side)and nowhere near as advanced as a band like The Flaming Lips. In fact, The Polyphonic Spree are less interesting than the neglected band The Kingsbury Manx- whose 2000 debut I'd put over this so-so hype.
I'm getting tired of this pseudo-gospel thing (hello Spiritualized, hello Blur) - if you want to hear what this should sound like, try some Sweet Honey in the Rock, Staple Singers or Mahalia Jackson. Hanging Around is just screamingly average, which is worse than awful when it comes to the new thing. There is so much more out there; don't believe the hype-