Polyphia is an American instrumental progressive rock band based in Dallas, Texas, formed in 2010.
Polyphia first achieved mainstream success when the guitar play-through of "Impassion", from the EP Inspire, went viral in the progressive community on YouTube. Ever since, the band has continued to grow in popularity and have gone on several national tours sharing the stage with the likes of other prog giants such as Periphery, Between the Buried and Me, August Burns Red , among several others.
In addition to this, Polyphia has continued to write music; often with many guest soloists. They have featured guitarists Jason Richardson (Chelsea Grin, Born of Osiris, All Shall Perish), Aaron Marshall (Intervals), and both guitarists of Chon as well as other notable YouTube guitarists Rick Graham, Nick Johnston, and Jakub Żytecki in their music.
They state that their influence comes from artists of all genres. The band started out with a heavier shred oriented sound but have since matured into a more melodic conscious focused band. When describing Muse, Tim had said that the primary inspiration had come from pop and rap music, as to not draw influence from other members of their genre.
Style and influences
The band is known for their melodic and progressive sound which employs heavy use of technical lead guitar harmonies, yet catchy riff writing. They can be considered a member of the djent movement, even though they, unlike their contemporaries, aren't as characteristically heavy. The band consists of guitarists Tim Henson and Scott LePage, percussionist Brandon Burkhalter, and bassist Clay Gober.
Polyphia released their first EP Inspire in 2013, followed by their debut studio album, Muse, on April 21, 2015.