Pylon Reenactment Society will perform at Songbirds Guitar Museum, 35 Station St., on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. This event is open to patrons of all ages. Tickets are $20. For more information call 531-2473 or visit songbirdsguitars.com.
Review for Pylon Reenactment Society:
The band 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.” Thirty 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," which propelled them into the international spotlight. Pylon was every Athens, GA band’s favorite Athens band. Their musical naïveté, southern upbringing, art school smarts, and house-party roots exploded together to create something quite improbably amazing simultaneously hitting the listener on a mental, physical, and spiritual level.
Fronted by Vanessa Briscoe (now Briscoe Hay), whose inimitable vocal textures and phrasing defined the band’s sound for most listeners, Pylon’s celebrated history came to a sudden end in 2009 with the death of iconic guitarist Randy Bewley. Pylon was, and always will be, Hay, Bewley, Michael Lachowski, and Curtis Crowe.
Pylon Reenactment Society was created in 2014 when local Athens’ musician Jason NeSmith was in charge of the music committee for the first annual Art Rocks Athens, an event exploring the connection between the art and music scene in Athens between the years 1975-1985. He approached Hay about performing a short set of Pylon songs (all four members had attended Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA). NeSmith’s band, Casper & The Cookies, had already recorded and performed with Hay as Supercluster. The response was very positive.
The following year found PRS opening for Fred Schneider (of The B-52s), touring with Dressy Bessy, and performing shows in conjunction with the release of Pylon Live. What started as a one-off gig transpired into a tight, touring unit. In addition to Hay and NeSmith, PRS is rounded out with Kay Stanton (Casper & The Cookies) on bass guitar and backing vocals, Damon Denton on keyboards (Big Atomic), and Joe Rowe (The Glands) on drums.
PRS released a 6-song EP, "Part Time Punks Session," on Chunklet Industries in October to rave reviews.
For more information visit http://www.pylonreenactmentsociety.com