PYLON REENACTMENT SOCIETY
Pylon Reenactment Society return to the West Coast to perform for Part Time Punks at the Echoplex on December 9, 2018 with Alice Bag and The Tissues.. This is the 3rd time that Vanessa Briscoe Hay, original vocalist for Pylon, has performed at this event which is curated by KXLUDJMichael Stock who is host of the long running show of the same name. One of the highlights of Pylon’s later performing career took place on November 21, 2008 at Part Time Punks Festival. Some say they stole the show from the headliners. This festival took place 3 months before Pylon guitarist Randy Bewley died from injuries sustained in an accident caused by a heart attack. Afterwards, his bandmates drummer Curtis Crowe, Michael Lachowski and Hay announced that they were formally disbanding. Hay never dreamed that 8 years later, Pylon Reenactment Society would be performing for PTP with some of LA’s best female fronted bands: Sex Stains, The Tissues, PANTHAR. The afternoon of that show, PRS recorded 6 songs with JosiahMazzaschi at the Cave. This was released asPart Time Punks Session for indie label Chunklet on 12 inch vinyl to excellent reviews last October.Pylon Reenactment Society have been sporadically criss-crossing the U.S. playing clubs and festivals. Many dates have been booked on word of mouth from Pylon fans. PRS began their grassroots driven career by playing what was to be a one-off show during a series of events called ArtRocks Athens that explored the connection between the art and music scene in Athens,GA between the years 1975-85. Vanessa Briscoe Hay was invited to perform by one of her former Supercluster bandmates, guitarist and producer Jason NeSmith,who was organizing the shows. He was extremely surprised when she said wanted to perform some Pylon songs. Vanessa did not want either Randy or the music of Pylon to be forgotten at this event. After all, Pylon had all been art majors at UGA during those years. Casper & the Cookies provided the band which included Jason as well as another former Supercluster member, charismatic bassist Kay Stanton. Vanessa decided to call the project Pylon Reenactment Society because it wasn’t Pylon, and as a nod to what Pylon sometimes jokingly called themselves at practice.The feedback from the audience at Art Rocks Athens was extremely positive after the performance and they were invited back to play a longer set the following year. They opened for Fred Schneider who performed a set of his solo material backed bySupa-Fine, a band put together for this performance made up of local all stars. PRS added a new drummer for this show after C&tC’s Gregory Sanders bowed out to have shoulder surgery. Veteran drummer Joe Rowe (The Glands, Love Tractor reunion shows) was brought in and kinetic keyboardist Damon Denton was also added to bring in fresh textures and sounds.The feedback from the audience was again very positive. Indie darlings Dressy Bessyheard about this show and invited PRS to play a few dates with them. What had started as a one-off project, has now wowed both long-time fans who thought they would never see Pylon’s music performed live again and younger fans who have just discovered it. Besides Part Time Punks and Art Rocks Athens, PRS have also performed in the last couple of years at Savannah Stopover, Sarasota Film Fest, U+N Fest, Barely Human Fest, Irrelevant Festival, Athens Popfest, Westobou and have toured with Cindy Wilson. The enthusiasm of audiences at their live shows have provided impetus to keep moving forward and to begin writing fresh new material in the spirit of Pylon.
As of this writing, two new songs have been recorded and will be released in October as a vinyl 7” by Chunklet. The single will be sold through the distributor Revolver USA/Midheaven Mailorder internationally, through Bandcamp by Chunklet and at live shows. ******Why does the music of Pylon still have such appeal to all ages and types of people? Hay and the musicians in the Pylon Reenactment Society — guitarist Jason NeSmith, bassist Kay Stanton, keyboardist Damon Denton and drummer Joe Rowe — give muscle to Pylon’s compositions, and Hay’s singing remains as tart and original as ever. Pylon’s musical reputation has grown steadily since 1979, which Hay chalks up to, among other things, the universal appeal of music that compels movement. ͞I think it still sounds fresh because of what it is, and I think it’s danceable,͟ she says. Edd Hurt Pylon Reenactment Society Carries the Flame for Athens Post-Punk Legends Nashville Scene March 1, 2018 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 July 1, 2018
Alice Bag is a singer/songwriter, musician, author, artist, educator and feminist. She was the lead singer and co-founder of the Bags, one of the first punk bands to form in the mid-1970s in Los Angeles. She was featured in the seminal documentary on punk rock, The Decline of Western Civilization and went on to perform in other groundbreaking bands, including Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres. She has published two books, including the critically acclaimed memoir Violence Girl and the self-published Pipe Bomb For the Soul, based on her experiences in post-revolutionary Nicaragua. Her influence on popular music is highlighted in the Smithsonian exhibit, American Sabor. Alice’s debut solo album features all original material written by Bag and includes performances by some of her favorite LA-based musicians.
Part Time Punks
PART TIME PUNKS is a club that takes over noted Echo Park live music venue, The Echo on 1822 Sunset, every Sunday night. The night focuses heavily on DIY and Indie vinyl coming out of the U.S., UK and Europe from 1977 to the present: Punk, Post-Punk, Synth-Punk, Synthpop, Minimal Synth, Dark/Cold/Minimal Wave, NDW, Industrial, New Wave, No Wave, C86, Indiepop, Twee, Shoegaze, Baggy and even Krautrock…