credit: Christy Bush

Pylon Reenactment Society

“They say people change their cell structure every seven years, so I’ve totally regenerated several times since we started Pylon forty years ago,” says Vanessa Briscoe Hay, frontwoman for that iconic Athens band and now for Pylon Reenactment Society.
It's easier to explain what Pylon Reenactment Society isn’t than what it is. It’s not a continuation or a reunion, because Vanessa is the only member in both groups. It’s neither a tribute act nor a cover band, although they do perform Pylon songs. This new band draws inspiration from that old band, taps into its motivating principles.
Pylon Reenactment Society’s Magnet Factory organically grew out of jams and writing sessions over several years. As the album took shape, the lyrics peeled away at the layers of time and shared spaces that make up a life. A pair of unrecorded songs by Pylon were brought in to round out this collective unspoken theme. All the music was recorded by the current four members of the band (Vanessa Briscoe Hay, Jason NeSmith, Kay Stanton, Gregory Sanders) with a stellar vocal duet with the incomparable Kate Pierson of The B-52’s.

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Events featuring Pylon Reenactment Society

Mar 14, 2024
11:20pm — 11:50pm
Presented by
Athens in Austin
Mar 15, 2024
11:00pm — 11:40pm
Athens, GA, United States
Professional Connections
Pylon Reenactment Society is seeking the following:
  • Management
  • Gear Endorsement