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Pylon Reenactment Society


Pylon Reenactment Society

Pylon Reenactment Society have announced a string of summer live dates, including their European debut at the Primavera Sound Festivalin Barcelona, Spain on Thursday, May 30, 2019. They will be touring in support of their latest ‘Messenger / Cliff Notes’ 7″ single, for which the band has issued a special ‘tour edition’ on gold-colored vinyl, to be made available at shows.

Pylon Reenactment Society is fronted by former Pylon front woman Vanessa Briscoe Hay, whose inimitable vocal textures and phrasing define Pylon’s sound for most listeners. A sonic powerhouse, Hay also numbers among Paste Magazine’s list of “The 25 Greatest Front Women of All Time”.

Pylon Reenactment Society formed from the ashes of Pylon, one of the most influential bands at the outset of what became known as the ‘Athens, GA music scene’, along with other frontrunners The B-52’s and R.E.M. Over 30 years ago, these three bands were heavily featured in the original feature documentary ‘Athens, GA: Inside/Out’, propelling them into the international spotlight.

Despite their massive success in North America, Pylon performed only in the UK (back in 1980), but never performed on mainland Europe. Fans in Europe will be treated to this rare opportunity to see Hay and her new band perform a mix of Pylon songs and new original material.  

Pylon Reenactment Society (a.k.a. PRS) was founded in 2014, five years after Pylon’s celebrated history came to a sudden end in 2009 with the death of guitarist Randy Bewley. Since then, PRS has turned into a tight touring unit having performed at festivals and venues on both coasts, the Midwest and the Southeast.  

In addition to Hay, 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.

PRS released their ‘Part Time Punks Session’ EP in 2017 via Chunklet Industries, a hip Atlanta-based tastemaker record label founded by Henry Owings. At the end of 2018, they released a 7” vinyl single of two original songs – ‘Messenger’ and ‘Cliff Notes’, with distribution more widely following in 2019. It is now available both via Bandcamp and at independent music stores.

PRS is putting the finishing touches on a full-length recording of all new and original material.  Hay is also close to finalizing a deal for the reissuing of the Pylon catalog on vinyl. The band continues to receive rave reviews for their releases and their live shows. Fortunate concert-goers can catch them live as follows:

May 26 @ 7:00 pm  – Athens, GA at Hendershot’s (with The Vassar Blondes)
May 30 @ 11:30 pm – Barcelona, Spain at Primavera Sound Festival, Your Heineken Stage
June 22 @ 8:15 pm – Augusta, GA at Athfest Sampler, Miller Theater (with The Producers and The Pauses)
June 23 @ 4:30 pm – Athens, GA at Athfest Music Festival, Washington Street Stage
August 17 @ 9:00 pm – Decatur, GA at The Vista Room

Pylon Reenactment Society – Messenger

Pylon Reenactment Society – Beep

Pylon Reenactment Society – Feast On My Heart

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