AIRPLAY & PODCASTS
AS HEARD ON: WXPN Indie Rock Hit Parade, KXLU,/Part Time Punks, WUGA, KALX,KDVS,WXXP, WUMC, WVVS, KFFD, The Lucy Show on WFIT, KWVH, KBAC, Indie Pop Take-Out on WHFR, KZUM, ATOP SPINS CHARTS, THE BLACKOUT RADIO SHOW, RADIO WARWICKSHIRE, RADIO SHEPPEY, RADIO BOISE, WRIR, LOUD CITIES RADIO, RADIO PANIK, WUOG, KPTZ,WGOW, Radio Raptz, Smelly Flowerpot on Cambridge105, Pop_i FM, Dandeloin Radio, The Third Class Ticket Radio Show, Wolfman Radio, Signaal / Ruis, Loose Canon on 6 Towns Radio (Stoke-On-Kent, Quebec, Hong Kong) WUOG, Gen X on WSLR, Atom Radio and Radio KAOS in Italy and more...
FEATURED IN PODCASTS: Music That Matters (KEXP),The Unheard Music (Flashback Alternatives),Chasing the Essentials, John and the Herd, The Book of Lies, El Santo del Rock, Singles Going Steady, Moment of Eclection, Life Elsewhere with Norman Be, Rock N Roll Oblivion by Pauly on the Radio, Singles Going Steady for ZUB Records, LTD and more..
The Podcast for Life Elsewhere with Norman Be is available at NPR One, Apple Podcasts & Mixcloud Originally aired on The Source WMNF HD3 / WNMR The Root / NWCZ Radio / Internet Radio Network / Cornucopia Radio
Interview by Victoria Pearson with Vanessa Briscoe Hay. Subscribe Apple Podcasts, RSS, Spotify, iHeart, Google Podcasts and more...The UK’s longest running all women podcasters, Est. 2011: Irreverent and uncensored interviews, life stories, conversations and debate.
PRIMAVERA SOUND 19
NINE LIVE BANDS WHO MADE US ‘SPRING’ AT THE PRIMAVERA SOUND 2019
“Wonderful discovery, I would risk dazzling.”
“A ten out of ten”
“...If offered in the spirit of preservation, “Messenger” and “Cliff Notes” ultimately achieve greater heights, illuminating Pylon Reenactment Society’s own thing as they underscore the worthiness of Hay’s former outfit. What a cool slice of double-functioning that is.” GRADED ON A CURVE: A-
“...Both (songs) are very much in keeping with the original Pylon spirit, with the agitated rhythms of “Cliff Notes” sitting nicely alongside the glowering “Messenger,” and Hay’s vocals sounding like she hasn’t lost a step in the four decades since she first stepped onstage at the 40 Watt Club with Bewley, Curtis Crowe and Michael Lachowski.”
“... unlike a lot of music being made today Messenger does so without resorting to studio gimmick or sonic glitter. New music made with old values? Why the hell not?”
“... it wasn’t so much the punks who kicked down the barricades at the end of the seventies that really made a difference to the musical landscape but those who poured through the gap behind them.”
“... Let’s get back to the real deal, let’s get back to bands like Pylon Reenactment Society! After all, there is a reason why after all this time we are still talking about this sort of music…well, quite a few actually!’
“My respect for the Pylon Reenactment Society (heirs to the sonic and artistic legacy forged by Pylon and starting back in the early ’80s, when I initially saw the band) knows precious few, if any, boundaries.”
Background photo by Hissing Lawns at 2019 Savannah Stopover Music Festival
BRIEF HISTORY & UPDATES
Pylon released a Boxset called ‘BOX’ on New West Records to critical acclaim in November 2020. The vinyl pressing sold out —and when fans clamoured for a CD version, New West Records listened to them and gave them what they wanted. ‘Box’ made it onto many prestigious year-end lists for 2020. Pylon Reenactment Society members Vanessa Briscoe Hay and Jason NeSmith were co-producers for the project along with Henry Owings and Pylon bassist Michael Lachowski. Executive produced by Brady Brock for New West Records.
Recently ‘Cool’ / ‘Dub’ was chosen as #73 of the top 100 Debut Singles of All Time and ‘Gyrate was chosen as #44 of the top 80 albums released in 1980 by Rolling Stone Magazine.
PYLON REENACTMENT SOCIETY
More than a tribute band. PRS have written new songs with Pylon as their guiding star. PRS delight old Pylon fans while making new ones.
PRS features original Pylon vocalist Vanessa Briscoe Hay, guitarist Jason NeSmith, bassist Kay Stanton and drummer Gregory Sanders.
Back in 2014, Jason NeSmith invited Pylon vocalist Vanessa Briscoe Hay to perform a few songs for Art Rocks Athens—a two years series of events and exhibits that explored the connection between art and music in Athens, GA between the years 1975-85. Pylon were all art majors at UGA and part of this particular scene during that era. Vanessa gave it some thought and a Pylon tribute seemed like the right thing to do.
Jason was initially surprised that Vanessa wanted to perform some Pylon songs for ARA—but, he agreed to put together a backing band. He learned to play guitar using Randy’s tuning. Kay Stanton and Gregory Sanders were recruited from his project Casper & the Cookies. Vanessa decided to call the project Pylon Reenactment Society— a reference to what Pylon had jokingly called themselves at practice.
The Art Rocks Athens audience loved what they heard, and PRS were invited back the following year as one of the openers for Fred Schneider’s solo project. The feedback from the audience was again very positive.
Indie darlings Dressy Bessy heard about this show through the grapevine and invited PRS to play four dates with them in Georgia and North Carolina. Word of mouth began to spread that the music of Pylon was being performed again—offers to book the band soon followed. 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 as well as younger fans who have just discovered this music.
Besides Art Rocks Athens, PRS have performed at festivals and done some interesting shows— like Part Time Punks, Savannah Stopover, Sarasota Film Fest, U+N Fest, Barely Human Fest, Irrelevant Festival, Athens Popfest, Westobou and in 2020 they performed in Barcelona at Primavera Sound 19.
The enthusiasm of audiences at their live shows has provided impetus to keep moving forward and to write fresh material in the spirit of Pylon. Pylon Reenactment Society aren’t Pylon, but are maybe the next best thing. Don’t be discouraged—let’s dance!
ATHENS,GA/INSIDE-OUT 2: RED TURNS INTO BLUE
Pylon Reenactment Society were filmed in January 2019 for Athens, GA/Inside-Out 2: Red Turns Into Blue—a new documentary co-directed by Bill Cody and Tony Brazier. Other bands and artists filmed for this movie include Cindy Wilson, The Drive-By Truckers, Kishi Bashi, Linqua Franca (Mariah Parker), Elf Power, Oh Ok, David, LG and Squalle, David Barbe (w/the Grands), Peter Fancher and Happyness, Nihilist Cheerleader…and more—this is early information. It’s in the post-production phase now. Watch for the streaming and video release November, 2021. It was recently featured in the MVD catalog.
Currently Pylon Reenactment Society are in the process of writing new material. PRS are also looking forward to recording and to performing live again when it is safe to do so. Please be safe. Pay attention to information from the CDC or your countries public health organization. Recently rehearsals have resumed with original drummer Gregory Sanders. Dates will be announced when the time is right. We are looking at outside show possibilities for later on in the fall of 2021. Friend us on social media to stay up-to-date.
Contact us at pylonreenactmentsociety (at) gmail.com if you are interested in obtaining a track for radio air play or would like to book our band. We’d love to hear from you.
Vanessa Briscoe Hay, New York, NY by Chris Sikich
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 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
Photo by Derrick Pierce, The Basement, Nashville, TN
“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
Kay Stanton / Vanessa Briscoe Hay Background photo by Damon Denton
“In 2014, singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay formed Pylon Reenactment Society with an entirely new lineup of Athens musicians. PRS is now keeping the music and legacy of Pylon alive, while also releasing new music of their own.
The new-look band has garnered acclaim for their performances since forming, and has breathed new life into the groundbreaking combination of art rock, post-punk and new wave that Pylon created in the early 80s.”
-Sean Kelly, Pylon Reenactment Society brings stellar legacy to Stopover, Connect Savannah, March 5, 2019
Background photo by Jamie Lee Arvin, Savannah Stopover Music Festival, March 2018
“Her singing style is unique enough to warrant a spot on an all-time list: playful, sometimes atonal and always freewheeling.”
-Moses Zarate, Historical Post-Punk, Sacramento News and Review, December 6, 2018
Background photo by Damon Denton, The Red Museum, Sacramento, CA
“When is a tribute band more than just a tribute band? At first blush, Pylon Reenactment Society would appear to be a modern tribute to the inventive late-1970s Athens, Georgia, post-punk band group Pylon. But PRS differ from typical cover bands in two significant ways. The homage is fronted by Pylon's provocative singer, Vanessa Briscoe Hay, giving the project immediate credibility. Another significant difference is that Hay's current group doesn't only perform vintage Pylon classics such as “Cool,” “Weather Radio” and “No Clocks.” PRS just released a 7-inch single with two brand-new songs, “Messenger” backed with “Cliff Notes.” The A-side is an intriguing track as Hay purrs enigmatically over a rubbery bass line and sliced-up guitar accents, emphasizing that the charismatic vocalist's worldview is just as (post)modern as ever.”
-Falling James, Pylon Reenactment Society , The Tissues, LA Weekly, December 9,2018
Background photo by Steve Harvey, Part Time Punks, Echoplex, LA
“We’ve got the premiere of “Cliff Notes,” which is very much in the nervy, danceable Pylon tradition: angular riffs played at breakneck speed with just a touch of Southern twang, and Vanessa’s attitude-filled vocals sounding great as ever.”
-Bill Pearis, Pylon Reenactment Society releasing new single (listen), touring, Brooklyn Vegan, November 30, 2018
Background photo by Jim Leatherman
“From the first 30 seconds of opener "Feast on My Heart," Hay's signature growl retains the infectious force that helped enshrine the Gyrate track in the post-punk canon. Though the rest of the band members weren't actually in Pylon, they faithfully revive the interplay between its original member as jagged guitars, dance-floor drum rhythms and mammoth bass erase the lines between punk and disco. Released via Chunklet, Part Time Punks Session may generate renewed interest in one of Athens' most venerated but perpetually underground bands, while convincing longtime fans that the Pylon Reenactment Society charts a fresh and faithful course.” ★★★★☆
-CL Staff, RECORD REVIEW: Pylon Reenactment Society. Part Time Punks Session Stays Fierce, Faithful, Creative Loafing, September 25, 2017
Background photo by Mike Lothrop,The Veranda, Orlando, FL, May 11,2018
“Today, Pylon Reenactment Society is six tracks away from completing its debut disc, and Hay, at 63, feels like she’s firing on all creative six. “I still think of odd things at 5:30 in the morning when I’m writing lyrics,” she says. ‘And nobody but me knows what I’m thinking of.’”
-Tom Lanham, Meet Pylon Reenactment Society, San Francisco Examiner, December 5, 2018
Photo by Jeff Henry