ATHENS, GA – Pylon Reenactment Society will release a 6-song EP entitled “Part Time Punks Session” on Chunklet Industries, which is now distributed by Revolver U.S.A. The EP will be released digitally on October 6th and on 12” vinyl, with a limited edition of 100 on color disc, on October 20th. There will also be limited number of cassettes available at shows only.

The EP was recorded in the afternoon on December 11, 2016, before the band’s show that evening at The Echoplex in Los Angeles, which was part of DJ and promoter Michael Stock‘s Part Time Punks series. In the spirit of renowned DJ John Peel, Stock invited PRS to Josiah Mazzaschi‘s studio The Cave to record exclusive tracks for his Part Time Punks radio show which has been running on KXLU since 2006.

Front woman Vanessa Briscoe Hay comments, “I was struck by the energy of the performances and the quality of the recording. It reminded me somewhat of Pylon’s recording of Gyrate. That record had also been done very quickly with the band playing together and a minimum of overdubs. This way of recording can lend a dynamic live feeling if done properly and if you have a good performance. An elusive goal had been achieved and not really noticed for what it was: something really good. “

After getting permission from Stock to release the recording on Chunklet Industries, a hip, tastemaker record label in Atlanta founded by Chunklet publisher Henry Owings, PRS guitarist and audio engineer Jason NeSmith mastered it at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA. The vinyl lacquers were cut by Adam Smith, and pressed at MUSICOL. The cover graphics were suggested by the poster for the actual show, which had been cut and pasted from the Pylon ep released in 1980. The label design and graphics were created by Bill Gridley in the spirit of Pylon under the direction of Hay, Owings and Pylon founding member Michael Lachowski.

“Part Time Punks Session” track list:

  1. Feast On My Heart
  2. Beep
  3. Buzz
  4. Precaution
  5. K
  6. Crazy

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” along with The B-52’s and R.E.M. They were 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, so it was natural that they back her at this event if she was willing to perform.  The response was very positive.  The following year found the group opening for Fred Schneider (of The B-52s), touring with indie darlings 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 , the band 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.

Three EP release shows have been scheduled, including:

Fri, October 6—Maxwell Performing Arts Center/Westobou Festival—Augusta, GA (with screening of “Athens GA Inside/Out”)

Fri, Oct 20—The World Famous—Athens, GA

Sat, Oct 21—The Earl—Atlanta, GA

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