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Pylon

Chomp

New West Records

Released: 6th November 2020

LP Coloured Vinyl£19.99 Buy Now In Stock. Dispatched on Monday.


Pylon were art-school students at the University of Georgia: four kids invigorated by big ideas about art, creativity and society. Less a band and more of an art project, 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), they 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 were heavily influenced.

Following the critical acclaim of their debut release 'Gyrate' in1980, Pylon went back into the studio. While in the studio they gleefully pulled their songs apart and put them back together in new shapes, revealing a band of self-proclaimed non-musicians 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 skeptical. At a critical point in the life of Pylon, they opted to become a cult band rather than stretch their defining philosophy too far.