Pylon Reenactment Society is looking forward to booking and performing several shows in 2022. Click on the Schedule button above to see if we'll be playing near you. Contact us directly to book.October 27, 2022
Nuci's Space Benefit "Athens Uncovered Steeple Edition"
On Sunday, November 27, 2022, Pylon Reenactment Society will be closing out the Nuci's Space Benefit "Athens Uncovered Steeple Edition". PRS goes on at 9:15 p.m.
Proceeds from this event go to support Nuci's Space.
This all day festival features 12+ bands, a silent auction, beverages, and food trucks,
If you are planning to go, please click here to RSVP to help Nuci's Space plan for the event.
PRS will be part of the R.E.M. 40th anniversary celebration
On Wednesday, December 14, 2022, Pylon Reenactment Society will be performing 3 songs at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA, as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the release of R.E.M.'s "Chronic Town" LP.
On the next night, Thursday, December 15, 2022, the all-star tribute will be at the Roxy, 800 Battery Ave SE #500, Atlanta, GA 30339.
Proceeds from these event go to support Planned Parenthood.
This tribute concert will feature many luminaries including Chris Robinson and Rich Robinson of the Black Crows, Darius Rucker, John Cameron Mitchell, Fred Armisen, Kevn Kinney, Lenny Kaye, Mitch Easter, Steve Wynn, David Ryan Harris, Elf Power, Pylon Reenactment Society, and more special guests.
For tickets to the Atlanta show, visit the LiveNation site. The show at the 40 Watt is sold out.
Show at Star Bar Saturday, November 12
Pylon Reenactment Society will be performing at Star Community Bar, 437 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA. 30307
Also playing are Magnapop, W8ING4UFOS, and We are Magic.
The poster designed by Henry Owings will be for sale at the show with proceeds going to the Star Community Bar legal fund.
Doors 7 p.m. Music 8 p.m.
Show at Flicker on Friday, October 14
Pylon Reenactment Society will be performing at Flicker Theatre & Bar, 263 W. Washington St. in Athens, GA on Friday, October 24 with Secret Monkey Weekend.
$10. Doors at 8:00 p.m.
Finster Fest show announced
Pylon Reenactment Society will be performing at Finster Fest in Summerville, GA on Saturday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m. on the Mosaic Garden Stage.
The festival is on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features more than 60 artists and crafts people and has musical performances on 3 stages.
Admission is only $5 with children 12 and under admitted free.
Show at the 40 Watt Club on August 18, 2022
PRS will be closing out the release party for Squalls Live from the 40 Watt, a double LP from Strolling Bones Records. Also playing are Bob Hay and Wild Jordan Tonk Cats. For info and tickets, visit the 40 Watt Club ticket web site.
Show in Sandy Springs on July 29, 2022
As part of the City Springs concert series, PRS will be opening for The Smithereens, with guest vocalist Marshall Crenshaw,. For info, visit the City Green web site.
AthFest show cancelled
We are so sorry, but we have to cancel our Saturday, June 25, show at the 40 Watt Club due to one of the band members testing positive for covid.
AthFest show announced
Pylon Reenactment Society will be performing at the 40 Watt Club on Saturday, June 25 as part of the AthFest Music & Arts Festival. Door opens at 9 pm. The Woggles play at 10 pm, PRS plays at 11 pm, and Maserati plays at 12:15 am.
New "Chomp" T-shirt available for pre-order from New West Records
Pylon Reenactment Society will be performing Chomp in its entirety at their upcoming show at Savannah Stopover.
To celebrate, pre-order the brand new, limited edition Chomp shirt today at New West Records online store.
New Song and Video Released "Compression"
Wild Rumpus is an annual Halloween event in Athens, GA that usually includes a huge costume parade and multi concerts. Due to the pandemic, Timi Conley, organizer for wildrumpus.org, shifted the festivities to an online Halloween Special with 30+ acts — including Cindy Wilson and her son Nolan Bennett. “Rumpusing” in place was encouraged. When invited to perform at a local taping for the show, Pylon Reenactment Society decided to make a video instead using an unreleased song they had previously recorded with the help of Josiah Mazzaschi at the Cave in LA for KXLU’s long running show Part Time Punks. Filmmaker Dan Aguar gathered a local team to help realize Vanessa Briscoe Hay’s homage to one of her favorite directors, David Lynch. Kay Stanton’s bouncy bass and Joe Rowe’s driving percussion relentlessly set the pace for Jason NeSmith’s angular guitar lines that are sprinkled with otherworldly keyboard sounds by Damon Denton. Vanessa coos space-time continuum inspired lyrics to her vehicle’s passengers until the song builds into a musing on life and asks them to “just shut up.”
Video on YouTube Song on Bandcamp
Shirts now available at Bandcamp
Adult unisex white star design T-shirt and Woman's tank-top. Designed by Pylon bassist Michael Lachowski. Printed at Shirtworks in Athens, GA.
For more information, click here.
"Messenger" Video Released
Tony Brazier, videographer for the upcoming documentary “Athens, GA... 30 Years On,” filmed a PRS performance in Athens, GA and has created a video for our new single "Messenger". Click here to watch it now.
New Single Out Now!
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. Graphics were done by Pylon bassist Michael Lachowski utilizing photography by John Boydston.
On November 2, preorders will begin for the new single via Henry Owings’s label Chunklet Industries. The single will be available both digitally and on black, clear and blue vinyl. A limited edition of 50 signed test pressings of this single will be sold at the Athens and Atlanta, GA record release parties.
Pre-orders will go live November 2 via Chunklet on Bandcamp https://chunklet.bandcamp.com/album/messenger-b-w-cliff-notes
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
Thank you everyone!
Why does the music of Pylon still have such appeal to all ages and types of people? Vanessa 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
Photo by Jim Leatherman http://jimleatherman.com/