Pylon Reenactment Society To Release 7' Vinyl Single On 11/30
Pylon Reenactment Society will release a 7" vinyl single of two new original songs, "Messenger" and "Cliff Notes", on Friday, November 30th on Chunklet Industries. "Messenger" is a mid tempo meditation on love, war and modern communication. "Cliff Notes" jumps right in at breakneck speed. The lyrics mix silly dance moves with anti-racist admonitions for the precipice we find ourselves on today.
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. 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." Over 30 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" propelling them into the international spotlight. Hay was included in Paste Magazine's list of "The 25 Greatest Front Women of All Time."
PRS formed in 2014 in what Hay thought would be one-off project for the group to perform for the event Art Rocks Athens. 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 a 6-song EP, "Part Time Punks Session" in the fall of 2017 on Henry Owings' Chunklet Industries to rave reviews.
The two songs on the single were recorded and mixed by NeSmith at his home studio; he mastered them at Chase Park Transduction. NeSmith has mastered projects for New West Records (20th Anniversary box set), Drive-By Truckers, Luther Dickinson, and the forthcoming archival releases by Leon Russell for Universal Music Group and producer Bill Levenson. Adam Smith cut the acetate in Austin, Texas. The single is being pressed by Musicol in Ohio. Graphics are by Pylon bassist Michael Lachowski utilizing photography by John Boydston.
The video for "Messenger" premieres today on BitterSoutherner.com. The video was directed and edited by Tony Brazier, who is currently working on "Athens, GA...30 Year On" and is an amalgamation of live footage interspersed with home movies and clips shot by the band members on their cell phone cameras. The video captures the playful spirit of a PRS show, the creativity of the band, and showcases the enduring appeal of Vanessa Briscoe Hay as a captivating front woman.
The band has several shows in support of the release including a short tour on the West Coast. Their itinerary is as follows with all dates subject to change:
Thursday, November 29th
The Caledonia Lounge
Wednesday, December 5th
Thursday, December 6th
The Red Museum
Friday, December 7th
Brick and Mortar
San Francisco, CA
Sunday, December 9th
Los Angeles, CA
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