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    Pylon were born in 1979 in Athens, Georgia. Throughout their brief history they were able to create influential work that would help foster the post-punk and art-rock scene of the early 1980s. Their 1979 single ‘Cool’ / ‘Dub’ has reached legendary status, with Rolling Stone calling it one of the 100 Greatest Debut Singles Of All Time and was followed by their albums ‘Gyrate’ (1980) and ‘Chomp’ (1983). The band would break up upon ‘Chomp’’s arrival but their music would continue to influence genres, musicians and fans for years to come.

    New West Records are proud to present ‘Pylon Box’, a comprehensive look at the band that includes their studio albums ‘Gyrate’ and ‘Chomp’, both of which have been remastered from their original tapes, the 11-song collection ‘Extra’, which features rarities and previously unreleased studio and live recordings and ‘Razz Tape’, Pylon’s first-ever recording: a 13-song unreleased session that pre-dates the band’s seminal ‘Cool’ / ‘Dub’ debut.

    ‘Pylon Box’ also includes a hardbound, 216-page full colour book featuring pieces written by the members of R.E.M., Gang of Four, Steve Albini, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney, Sonic Youth, Interpol, B-52’s, Bradford Cox of Deerhunter, Mission of Burma, Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening and K Records, Anthony DeCurtis, Chris Stamey of the dB’s, Steve Wynn of the Dream Syndicate and many more. It also features never before seen images and artifacts from the band’s personal archives as well as items now housed at the Special Collections Library at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Museum of Art, UGA.

    TRACK LISTING

    ‘Gyrate’
    Volume
    Feast On My Heart
    Precaution
    Weather Radio
    The Human Body
    Read A Book
    Driving School
    Gravity Danger
    Working Is No Problem
    Stop It

    ‘Chomp’
    K
    Yo-Yo
    Beep
    Italian Movie Theme
    Crazy
    M-Train
    Buzz
    No Clocks
    Reptiles
    Spider
    Gyrate
    Altitude

    ‘Extra’
    Untitled
    Cool
    Dub
    Recent Title
    Danger!! (Danger Remix)
    Crazy (Single Mix)
    Reptiles (Channel One Version)
    No Clocks (Channel One Version)
    Spider (Alternative Mix)
    3 X 3 (Live)
    Danger III (Live)

    ‘Razz Tape’
    The Human Body
    Modern Day Fashion Woman (Version 1)
    Read A Book (Instrumental)
    Working Is No Problem
    Precaution
    Cool
    Functionality
    Efficiency
    Information
    Dub
    Modern Day Fashion Woman (Version 2)
    Danger
    Feast On My Heart (Working Version)

    Pylon

    Gyrate

      In the late-1970s Athens, Georgia was buzzing with a raw but sophisticated music scene. Traditional Southern rock had been the Georgia musical export for years before but the turn of the decade began producing new sounds from bands like the B-52’s, REM and Alt Rock luminaires Pylon. Before they were a band, Pylon were art-school students at the University of Georgia: four kids invigorated by big ideas about art and creativity and society. However, Pylon were less of a band and more of an art project, which meant they had very specific goals in mind, as well as an expiration date.

      While their time together as a band was short lived (1979-1983), Pylon had a lasting influence on the history of rock and roll. Throughout their brief history, they were able to create influential work that would help foster the post-punk and art-rock scene of the early 80s. Artists like R.E.M., Gang of Four, Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney, Interpol, Deerhunter and many more claim inspiration from the band. Their 1979 single ‘Cool’ / ‘Dub’ reached legendary status, with Rolling Stone titling it one of the 100 Greatest Debut Singles Of All Time.

      In 1980 the band released their first record, ‘Gyrate’, and began touring across the country in support of the release. The band would soon develop a following across the country and specifically in the bustling music scene in New York City. One of their earliest gigs was opening for the Gang of Four in the Big Apple. Following the critical acclaim of their debut release, Pylon went back into the studio. They gleefully pulled their songs apart and put them back together in new shapes, revealing a band of self-proclaimed nonmusicians who had transformed gradually but noticeably into real musicians. The resulting album, ‘Chomp’, was barely off the press when Pylon were booked to open a run of dates for a hot new Irish band called U2 (after previously playing two arena shows with them in the month leading to the album release). Most bands would have jumped at the opportunity but Pylon were sceptical. At a critical point in the life of Pylon, they opted to become a cult band rather than stretch their defining philosophy too far.

      “We fully intended Pylon to be an almost seasonal thing that we were gonna do for a minute and then get on with our lives,” says Curtis Crowe, drummer for the band. “But it just never went away. It still doesn’t go away. There’s a new subterranean class of kids that are coming into th

      TRACK LISTING

      Volume
      Feast On My Heart
      Precaution
      Weather Radio
      The Human Body
      Read A Book
      Driving School
      Gravity
      Danger
      Working Is No Problem
      Stop It

      Pylon

      Chomp

        In the late-1970s Athens, Georgia was buzzing with a raw but sophisticated music scene. Traditional Southern rock had been the Georgia musical export for years before but the turn of the decade began producing new sounds from bands like the B-52’s, REM and Alt Rock luminaires Pylon. Before they were a band, Pylon were art-school students at the University of Georgia: four kids invigorated by big ideas about art and creativity and society. However, Pylon were less of a band and more of an art project, which meant they had very specific goals in mind, as well as an expiration date.

        While their time together as a band was short lived (1979-1983), Pylon had a lasting influence on the history of rock and roll. Throughout their brief history, they were able to create influential work that would help foster the post-punk and art-rock scene of the early 80s. Artists like R.E.M., Gang of Four, Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney, Interpol, Deerhunter and many more claim inspiration from the band. Their 1979 single ‘Cool’ / ‘Dub’ reached legendary status, with Rolling Stone titling it one of the 100 Greatest Debut Singles Of All Time.

        In 1980 the band released their first record, ‘Gyrate’, and began touring across the country in support of the release. The band would soon develop a following across the country and specifically in the bustling music scene in New York City. One of their earliest gigs was opening for the Gang of Four in the Big Apple. Following the critical acclaim of their debut release, Pylon went back into the studio. They gleefully pulled their songs apart and put them back together in new shapes, revealing a band of self-proclaimed nonmusicians who had transformed gradually but noticeably into real musicians. The resulting album, ‘Chomp’, was barely off the press when Pylon were booked to open a run of dates for a hot new Irish band called U2 (after previously playing two arena shows with them in the month leading to the album release). Most bands would have jumped at the opportunity but Pylon were sceptical. At a critical point in the life of Pylon, they opted to become a cult band rather than stretch their defining philosophy too far.

        “We fully intended Pylon to be an almost seasonal thing that we were gonna do for a minute and then get on with our lives,” says Curtis Crowe, drummer for the band. “But it just never went away. It still doesn’t go away. There’s a new subterranean class of kids that are coming into th

        TRACK LISTING

        K
        Yo-Yo
        Beep
        Italian Movie Theme
        Crazy
        M-Train
        Buzz
        No Clocks
        Reptiles
        Spider
        Gyrate
        Altitude

        Pylon

        2400 Volts

          Great new emocore from Pylon, a mix of a fuller rockier guitar sound, complemented by unbelievably infectious pop songs with a new found power and depth.


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