PYLON REENACTMENT SOCIETY
When people talk about the beginnings of the music scene in Athens, GA the discussion usually begins «The B-52's, R.E.M., ....» Those who know will continue the list, «Pylon.» They were every Athens band's favorite Athens band. Their musical naïveté, southern upbringing, art school smarts, and house-party roots exploded together to create something quite improbably amazing, hitting the listener on mental, physical, and spiritual levels simultaneously. On the surface, their angular guitar parts and propulsive rhythm section had something in common with UK post-punk bands like Gang of Four and PiL. But Pylon was more fun and less studied. And they had a secret weapon in Vanessa Briscoe Hay, whose inimitable vocal textures and phrasing defined the band's sound for most listeners.
John Steiner started Boy Romeo with drummer Patrick Shelley in 2015. Hoping to turn John's bedroom demos into stadium anthems, John and Patrick workshopped songs for countless hours with multiple bassists. They pooled together their money and made a record with Dylan Wall (Craft Spells) at Sacramento recording studio The Dock in Fall 2016. The result of that four-day session was the Boy Romeo LP, a lean collection of massive power pop statement songs. Just as Boy Romeo seemed to be on the upswing, everything fell apart. Right before their first tour, and amidst increasing hype, the group dissolved. Without a band and surrounded by a chaotic living situation, John buried himself in home recording. Using a cheap condenser mic and a basic laptop interface, John wrote and recorded a grip of new tracks. He whittled the sessions down into «Shorts,» a tight six-song collection made with painstaking attention to sonics.