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Pylon Reenactment Society

Athens, GA

Pylon Reenactment Society is fronted by former Pylon front woman Vanessa Briscoe Hay whose inimitable vocal textures and phrasing defined the band’s sound for most listeners. 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.” 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.” Formed in 2014 PRS is rounded out by Jason NeSmith (Casper & The Cookies) on guitar Kay Stanton (Casper & The Cookies) on bass guitar and backing vocals Damon Denton (Big Atomic) on keyboards and Joe Rowe (The Glands) on drums. In fall of 2017 PRS released a 6-song EP "Part Time Punks Session" on Chunklet Industries to rave reviews! An audiophile quality vinyl single of original songs titled Messenger/Cliff Notes was recently released on the Chunklet Industries Bandcamp site and distributed by Revolver USA. The initial pressings sold out and it has entered its second repressing. A special Ltd.”tour edition” is available at live shows along with a T shirt designed by original Pylon bassist Michael Lachowski. 2019 plans include writing and recording a full length album.

In the fertile art-rock scene of Athens, Georgia, in the early eighties, the band to beat was Pylon, a post-punk quartet that front-loaded ominous, danceable bass lines and the screech of the magnetic singer Vanessa Briscoe. As its peers went on to grander stages, Pylon disbanded, in 1983, choosing cult status over a chance to accompany U2 on their first U.S. stadium tour. After a series of reunions, the band closed shop in 2009, upon the death of its guitarist lodestar, Randy Bewley. Pylon Reenactment Society is at once a tribute and a spinoff, with the singer (now Vanessa Briscoe Hay) energetically backed by tasteful musicians from Athens present.
— Jay Ruttenberg, Goings On About Town, The New Yorker