Thursday, December 07, 2006

PYLON - Gyrate (1980) for Anvilscepe

New Wave, Post-Punk, Geek Rock

Randy Bewley: Guitar
Curtis Crowe: Drums
Vanessa Ellison: Vocals
Michael Lachowski: Bass


01 Volume (4:15)
02 Feast On My Heart (3:31)
03 Precaution (2:47)
04 Weather Radio (2:14)
05 The Human Body (3:04)
06 Read A Book (1:58)
07 Recent Title (2:24)
08 Driving School (3:50)
09 Gravity (2:35)
10 Danger (5:38)
11 Working Is No Problem (3:30)
1 2 Stop It (3:05)

Link to download : 192 kbs

"Before Michael Stipe sat on his throne at the 40 Watt in Athens, Georgia, peering out onto the masses and making bad hair choices, Pylon was turning the harder-edged American punk of Black Flag, the Wipers, and the Ramones inside out to create post punk as jangly as it was jagged. Drawing on the nervous energy of the Talking Heads and the exclamations of Gang of Four that preceded them by a mere two years, the quartet's debut LP Gyrate is a barn-burning post-punk offering that heralded the new wave underneath the already shallow radars of the time. Gyrate is full of bouncing grooves and disconnected lyrics, but Randy Bewley's ringing guitar carries each lyrical motif throughout, giving the album a smooth consistency that would inform R.E.M's work on Reckoning. In spots the album is almost too cohesive, with little bridge from one guitar line to the other. This is rarely a problem, though, because of the virulent scowl of Vanessa Briscoe. She can yelp and growl on even par with the Raincoats and the Slits, though the subject matter may not be as intense. Like most of the post-punk bands emerging at the time, it was the juxtaposition of introspective tenacity and sweet, energetic melody that produced such fun, off-kilter songs. Pylon was also unique for their sense of the whimsical. The songs on Gyrate aren't as openly goofy as any "Private Idaho," but they are packed with a witty sense of the obvious on many dorky counts. Their homage to intellect, "Read a Book," is perhaps the funniest example. At the end of the track Briscoe is in full-fledged scream saying, "Turn off the TV/You can learn more/try to do without it." There are few better moments to emerge from the new wave. Though Pylon will probably be judged by history for their influences on R.E.M., the B52s, and, along with Gang of Four, the since-finished 'dance-punk' craze, Gyrate is one of the most complete offerings of its time, showing just how deep the new wave did indeed reach." (

Biography :
Pylon is a rock band from Athens, Georgia, USA. Their most important work was done between 1979 and 1983. They were highly influential among new wave bands. They are also considered one of the seminal groups of the Athens Indie rock scene where their influence has been pervasive. The band R.E.M. is an especially notable example of a group influenced by Pylon. Pylon is probably best categorized as new wave. Their music includes punk rock elements, but might also be counted as dance music.

All four members of Pylon were art students at the University of Georgia in Athens. Guitarist Randall Bewley and bass guitarist Michael Lachowski began playing music and attempting to form a band in 1978. They practiced in a studio in downtown Athens which Lachowski rented from Curtis Crowe. Crowe soon joined the band as a drummer. In February 1979 the three held auditions for a singer. Vanessa Briscoe (now Vanessa Briscoe Hay) was chosen.
Pylon played their first live show at a party in March 1979. Members of The B-52's attended Pylon's third show. Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson of the B-52's were particularly supportive and helped promote Pylon's music in New York City. Soon Pylon opened for Gang of Four in New York. Pylon's debut single, "Cool," appeared on DB Records in early 1980, and received many positive critical reviews. From 1980 to 1983 Pylon toured parts of the U.S., Canada, and the UK, playing with groups including the B-52's, Gang of Four,
Mission of Burma, Love Tractor, R.E.M., the Talking Heads, and U2. Pylon was the opening act for the first part of U2's first U.S. tour. At that time the members of Pylon were beginning to feel that playing together was becoming less fun and more like a business. They decided to break up the band in 1983.
With some help from the members of R.E.M., Pylon's reputation as one of the great underground bands of the new wave era was solidified in 1987. When Rolling Stone named R.E.M. "America's Best Band" in November 1987, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry said, "We're not the best rock 'n' roll band in America." Pylon, he said, was the best.
With the encouragement of R.E.M. and others, Pylon reunited in 1989 to open for the final leg of R.E.M.'s "Green" tour. They recorded another LP in 1990, played several more shows including the South by Southwest Festival in 1990 and 1991, and finally broke up again in 1991. Pylon came out of retirement again in 2004. They headlined the first night the Athens music festival, AthFest, in June 2005
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Blogger anvilscepe said...

This album RULES!!! It's so forceful and energetic. Is this an album rip? I don't think this ever made it to CD. Thanks again.....
Oh, I asked Robert if he wanted to post some Simple Minds but he did not would you like me to send you "New Gold Dream" and "Empires and Dance" both remastered for you to post? Maybe you can add and make it a discography. Do you have an email address I can send you links? Thanks again. Let me know.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool to see this one up! I have a rip of "Chomp" available if you're interested...

3:19 PM  
Blogger The Gramercy Riff said...

I love this!

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo, man, could ya repost this? Thanks.

12:00 PM  

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