Pylon Reenactment Society revives Athens musical heyday by breathing new life into the legacy of Pylon. Their danceable blend of new wave, post-punk and alternative rock influenced the 1980s and beyond throughout Athens and the American underground music scene. Some may say they are more like a tribute band these days but perhaps they lie somewhere in-between as they are headed by original Pylon member, Vanessa Briscoe (now Briscoe Hay) who’s vocal textures and phrasing defined the band’s original unique sound.
Torched Magazine is honored to premier Pylon Reenactment Society’s new song and video for ‘Messenger’. The single will be available both digitally and on black, clear and blue vinyl via Henry Owings’s label Chunklet Industries on November 30th, 2018. A limited edition of 50 signed test pressings of this single will be sold at the Athens and Atlanta, GA record release parties.
2018 found PRS writing new material. Jason NeSmith recorded and mixed two of these new songs in his private studio. He then mastered them at Chase Park Transduction Studios. Adam Smith cut the acetate in Austin, Texas and the single is being pressed at Musicol in Ohio. The single is “Messenger / Cliff Notes.” “Messenger” is a mid tempo meditation on love, war and modern communication. “Cliff Notes” immediately jumps out at the listener at breakneck speed. The lyrics mix silly dance moves with anti-racist admonitions for the precipice we find ourselves on today.
Pylon is considered to be one of the most influential bands at the beginnings of what would become known as the “Athens, GA music scene.” Over 30 years ago, Pylon, along with The B-52’s and R.E.M., were heavily featured in the original feature documentary, “Athens, GA: Inside/Out” propelling them into the international spotlight.
Photo by Jim Leatherman
Recorded & Mixed: Jason NeSmith
Executive Production: Henry Owings
Produced: Vanessa Briscoe Hay
Mastered: Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction Studios, Athens, GA
Lacquers: Adam Smith
Pressed: Musicol, Columbus, OH
Graphics: Michael Lachowski
Photos: John Boydston
Distribution: Chunklet Industries via Bandcamp & Revolver Midheaven/USA
All songs written by Pylon Reenactment Society (Briscoe Hay/Denton/NeSmtih/Rowe/Stanton) BMI © 2018 All rights reserved.
Media Relations: Michelle Roche
Please check out the ‘World Premier’ for Pylon Reenactment Society ‘Messenger’ in The Bitter Southerner HERE.
Pylon Reenactment Society photo by John Boydston
Upcoming Dates Pylon Reenactment Society
November 29, 2018, Thursday
Headliner: Man or Astro Man?
With: Pylon Reenactment Society. Tar, The Gotobeds, Honey Radar
The Caledonia Lounge
All ages – under 18 admitted with a parent or guardian
December 5, 2018, Wednesday
with Soft Reputation
December 6, 2018, Thursday
with Boy Romeo, Half/Human
The Red Museum Sacramento, CA
December 7,2018, Friday
with Blank Square and Modern Dance
Brick and Mortar Music Hall
San Francisco, CA
18+ (under 21 must pay $5 addition at door)
December 9, 2018, Sunday
Part Time Punks with Alice Bag, The Tissues
Los Angeles, CA
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