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Pylon Reenactment Society, Knife Wife

  • Comet Ping Pong 5037 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

$12 - Doors 10:00pm - All Ages

Pylon Reenactment Society (Athens, GA)

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." 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," 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 is a group of stellar Athens, GA-based musicians fronted by original Pylon vocalist Vanessa Briscoe Hay. They have toured the East and West Coasts over the past two years to universal acclaim from stalwart fans, while making new ones along the way who often say that they never dreamed that they would ever get to see this music performed live. Members include guitarist Jason NeSmith and bassist Kay Stanton from Indie pop band Casper & the Cookies, drummer Joe Rowe from legendary band The Glands and keyboardist Damon Denton, who is bringing a whole new dimension to their live performances. Their limited pressed vinyl "Part Time Punks Session" EP, which has been receiving airplay both nationally and internationally on indie radio stations, will be available for purchase.

"Part Time Punks Session" has received rave reviews! Creative Loafing gave it a 4 Star review saying, "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."

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