Pylon Reenactment Society

Pylon Reenactment Society is booking and performing several shows in 2020. Click on the Schedule button above to see if we'll be playing near you. Contact us directly to book.

November 1, 2020

New Song and Video Released

Wild Rumpus is an annual Halloween event in Athens, GA that usually includes a huge costume parade and multi concerts. Due to the pandemic, Timi Conley, organizer for wildrumpus.org, shifted the festivities to an online Halloween Special with 30+ acts — including Cindy Wilson and her son Nolan Bennett. “Rumpusing” in place was encouraged. When invited to perform at a local taping for the show, Pylon Reenactment Society decided to make a video instead using an unreleased song they had previously recorded with the help of Josiah Mazzaschi at the Cave in LA for KXLU’s long running show Part Time Punks. Filmmaker Dan Aguar gathered a local team to help realize Vanessa Briscoe Hay’s homage to one of her favorite directors, David Lynch. Kay Stanton’s bouncy bass and Joe Rowe’s driving percussion relentlessly set the pace for Jason NeSmith’s angular guitar lines that are sprinkled with otherworldly keyboard sounds by Damon Denton. Vanessa coos space-time continuum inspired lyrics to her vehicle’s passengers until the song builds into a musing on life and asks them to “just shut up.”

Video on YouTube       Song on Bandcamp

2020 shirts now available at Bandcamp

New for 2020 - adult unisex white star design T-shirt. Designed by Pylon bassist Michael Lachowski. Printed at Shirtworks in Athens, GA.

For more information, click here.


"Messenger" Video Released

Tony Brazier, videographer for the upcoming documentary “Athens, GA... 30 Years On,” filmed a PRS performance in Athens, GA and has created a video for our new single "Messenger". Click here to watch it now.

New Single Out Now!

2018 found PRS writing new material. Jason NeSmith recorded and mixed two of these new songs in his private studio. He then mastered them at Chase Park Transduction Studios. Adam Smith cut the acetate in Austin, Texas and the single is being pressed at Musicol in Ohio. The single is “Messenger / Cliff Notes.” “Messenger” is a mid tempo meditation on love, war and modern communication. “Cliff Notes” immediately jumps out at the listener at breakneck speed. The lyrics mix silly dance moves with anti-racist admonitions for the precipice we find ourselves on today. Graphics were done by Pylon bassist Michael Lachowski utilizing photography by John Boydston.

On November 2, preorders will begin for the new single via Henry Owings’s label Chunklet Industries. The single will be available both digitally and on black, clear and blue vinyl. A limited edition of 50 signed test pressings of this single will be sold at the Athens and Atlanta, GA record release parties.

Pre-orders will go live November 2 via Chunklet on Bandcamp https://chunklet.bandcamp.com/album/messenger-b-w-cliff-notes

Recorded & Mixed: Jason NeSmith
Executive Production: Henry Owings
Produced: Vanessa Briscoe Hay
Mastered: Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction Studios, Athens, GA
Lacquers: Adam Smith
Pressed: Musicol, Columbus, OH
Graphics: Michael Lachowski
Photos: John Boydston
Distribution: Chunklet Industries via Bandcamp & Revolver Midheaven/USA
All songs written by Pylon Reenactment Society (Briscoe Hay/Denton/NeSmtih/Rowe/Stanton) BMI © 2018 All rights reserved.
Media Relations: Michelle Roche
Thank you everyone!


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 — guitarist Jason NeSmith, bassist Kay Stanton, keyboardist Damon Denton and drummer Joe Rowe — 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

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


Photo by Jim Leatherman http://jimleatherman.com/