Gyrate – LP



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Release Date : 6th November 2020

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 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 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 this kind of music, and they’re just now
discovering Pylon. That blows my mind. We didn’t see that coming.”  New West Records are proud to partner with Pylon to reissue ‘Chomp’ and ‘Gyrate’ back into the masses.
Beautifully remastered from the original audio sources and pressed on vinyl (140g) for the first time in over
30 years.  Available to independent retailers on coloured vinyl (‘Chomp’ on opaque red vinyl, ‘Gyrate’ on opaque teal).  New West Records also present ‘Pylon Box’, a comprehensive look at the band that features the remastered
studio LPs ‘Gyrate’ and ‘Chomp’, the 11-song collection ‘Extra’ – which includes 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 200-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.
Features an extensive essay chronicling the band’s history, with interviews with the surviving members of the
band as well as members of R.E.M., B-52’s, Gang of Four, Method Actors and more. It also features never
before seen images and artifacts from both 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.