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Pylon Reenactment Society: “Messenger”


 
 

In 1979, there was no surer way to warp a Southern country kid’s head than to take them to a show by a band called Pylon in Athens, Georgia.

They sure warped mine. And they did it repeatedly until they broke up in 1983, just as I was leaving Athens behind. In the 35 years since, Pylon’s reputation among music nerds has become almost mythic; their angular rhythms, crazy beats, and shrieking lyrics sounded like no other band at the time — and no band since.

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Four years ago, Pylon frontwoman Vanessa Briscoe Hay put together what she meant to be a one-off project — the Pylon Reenactment Society — for a fundraiser event called Art Rocks Athens. She would pair herself with sharp young Athens musicians, all Pylon freaks, to present one evening of the old tunes. But a one-time re-creation Soon turned into touring. And four years later, it’s leading to brand new songs.

The Bitter Southerner is beyond proud to premiere the extraordinarily cool video for one of those songs, “Messenger.”