“When you’ve been traveling as long as Scott Hirsch has, you know better than to expect easy revelations from the road. In the mid-’90s, the California native formed the noise band Ex-Ignota alongside his friend MC Taylor. By the end of the decade, they had broken off as the Court and Spark, an alt-country group that presaged their spiritually inclined outfit Hiss Golden Messenger. Initially, the duo was roughly split into Hirsch’s music backing Taylor’s lyrics, though it became the latter’s project over time. Hirsch took on more of a live role, and after a year of heavy Hiss touring in 2015, he moved from Brooklyn back to California, opened a studio, and started work on his debut solo album. It’s taken a long time for him to let out his voice—a cool, soulful thing filled with deep reverence for his source material, if some cynicism about the myths it’s spun.”
As you should now well know, Pylon, one of the most important exports from Athens GA’s fertile grounds of the early days of the 80s, have released a brilliant 2xLP on Chunklet, Pylon Live, issued on July 25th, on what would have been guitarist Randy Bewley’s birthday.
Needless to say, the interweb has gone nuts. Pitchfork gushed an 8.0 review stating “Athens, Georgia post-punk outfit Pylon have become one of the best-remembered forgotten bands, a group that initially survived through namedrops—notably, from their far-more-famous local contemporaries in R.E.M. and the B-52’s—before a late-2000s reissue campaign from DFA Records and cover-song endorsements from Deerhunter more firmly entrenched their place in the canon. While hindsight may position them as the missing link between the caterwauling poetry of Patti Smith and the pin-pricked grooves of PiL, Pylon’s mix of vigor and verbosity has reverberated throughout 21st-century indie rock, informing early-‘00s eccentrics like Life Without Buildings and Love Is All, all the way up to the propulsive polemics of modern-day descendants like Savages and Shopping.”
Do yourself, and your summer a favor. Pick this up. Do it right now. Stop what you’re doing currently. It’s irrelevant anyway. Pylon Live is truly one of the more important documents of one of the truly important great early indie bands.
From one legend to another! Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox sat down with Pylon’s vocalist, Vanessa Briscoe Hay, for Eldredge ATL to discuss the origins of Pylon Live, their 2xLP on Chunklet set for release on July 25th, late guitarist Randy Bewley’s birthday. Perhaps the setting is best set by the Pylon vocalist:
“I could recount the times and places that my path has crossed with that of Bradford Cox, but that wouldn’t tell you how dear he is to me and what a good friend he has been. Even though I may have only had the opportunity every now and then to hang out, he is well, words fail me sometimes. I first met him after Pylon performed our reunion show back in 2004 at Little Kings. That was a show which was supposed to be an unannounced practice of sorts and people drove in from all over, including Bradford. He had been introduced to some of our records as well as those of some other Athens, GA artists during his childhood. It turns out he was born in Athens, but his family moved on to Atlanta where he grew up.
He became one of our biggest supporters. Pylon opened for Deerhunter in Atlanta on Halloween 2008, not too many months before our guitarist Randy Bewley died. Deerhunter covered our song ‘Cool,’ which the DFA released as one side of a single. Bradford also helped record the last three songs for Supercluster so that we could finish our CD ‘Waves.’ I couldn’t think of anyone else that I wanted to come in and finish what Randy had started, even though I know so many other great guitarists. Bradford and Randy’s sensibilities and approach to sound are very similar. It’s something that you can’t put your finger on, teach someone or copy and yet they don’t sound a thing alike.
Anyway, Bradford agreed to interview Michael Lachowski and I for this piece to help bring attention to our upcoming release on Chunklet, Pylon Live. This is actually the second time he has interviewed us. He also talked to us for his blog back in 2007. I was struck then and now by his openness and curiosity. It was a pleasure to have a dialogue with Michael Lachowski and Bradford Cox. I hope our paths cross again someday soon.”
SERIOUSLY. THIS IS A SUMMER (OR ANY SEASON) RELEASE **NOT TO MISS**!
(An early band photo from 1979 taken by bassist Michael Lachowski in drummer Curtis Crowe’s downtown loft)
The latest addition to the ever-growing roster of Wharf Cat, Trust Punks plot the unleashing of their latest LP/CD, Double Bind, on July 22nd. According to the braintrust at Wharf Cat, “Double Bind, aggressively consolidates their strengths as one of the most exhilarating young acts out there – blisteringly sharp, smart and spry….From Polvo to This Heat, from Can to Wire, from Stereolab to The Birthday Party – it’s all in here, synthesized and absorbed into something new and hungry. In a time where there’s more vying for your attention than ever – more outrage, more distraction, more content – Double Bind ticks all the boxes. It’s angry for all the same reasons you are, but it’s also involving and intricate, a record to get lost in. And like the best records of its kind, it seeps into your brain, your feet, your being.”
That’s some mighty company! But they aren’t the only tooters tooting horns about Trust Punks: Pitchfork reviewed the tracks “Good Luck With That” and also reviewed “Leaving Room For The Lord”, stating that “…Trust Punks specialize in contrasting beauty and brutality: While their rhythm section churns like a rusty chainsaw blade, their guitars thrash into a melodic blur,” and that their output “scratches at nastier surfaces – the corroded post-hardcore Slint of mouth-breather Britt Walford, rather than David Pajo‘s ambient leanings – and administers scathing self-scrutiny to the band’s existence and environs.” Both Noisey/Vice and The Fader have interviewed the group as well. Prepare yourself.
Limited Fanfare, new to the CTD exclusive family of labels, dropped this gem of an LP/CD/CAS on us, Sabana Ghost from Heavy Drag (slated for release on July 22nd), ready to streamline your skull with epicness. Stereogum has premiered their track for the ultra-cut “Leave It Alone”, while Post-Trash has premiered the video for “Kinda Slow”. The band are restless, itching to get out on the highways – they’ll be out on tour in early July! Check out the video below!
07/06 – Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
07/07 – Panama City Beach, FL @ Mosey’s
07/08 – Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
07/09 – Nashville, TN @ The Foobar
07/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
07/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung-Fu Necktie
07/14 – Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave
07/17 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s
07/22 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s Pub