Athens Popfest 2017
Pylon Reenactment Society, Noon:30, Lingua Franca, Superbody
Sat · August 12, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
4-day pass guarantees entry to all Athens Popfest events at Georgia Theatre, Little Kings & World Famous. Individual Georgia Theatre tickets are available for purchase here.
40 Watt/Little Kings shows are guaranteed for 4-day passholders - everyone else is first come, first serve at the door. World Famous shows are free!
More information at AthensPopfest.com
Hailing from the Bronx, ESG were formed at the start of Hip-Hop. They became the most sampled of groups ever among their contemporaries such as Public Enemy, LL Cool JJ, Marley Marl, and Grandmaster Flash. Shortly afterwards they were adopted by the underground dance scene. ESG are indeed the only group to play at the opening night of Manchester’s legendary Hacienda and the closing night of New York’s equally legendary Paradise Garage. Originally recorded for Factory Records in the Uk their first album was produced by Martin Hannett and recorded at the same time as A Certain Ratio’s classic To Each album. In the US they released music on New York’s underground 99 Records label alongside New York No Wave groups such as Liquid Liquid, the Bush Tetras, and Konk. In the late 1980s they released the telling Sample Credits Don’t Pay Our Bills. ESG have continued to release their own unique music. Their sparse, raw, percussion led sound continues to inspire and influence new generations.
ESG thanks their fans for 39 years of support.
For a band that’s already created quite a stir over the past several years, always moving forward, always learning, always searching, five albums in eight years has brought Tunabunny here—a record so audacious it suggests the band can do anything.
If Brigette Herron & Mary Jane Hassell are, as some UK critics have called them, ‘the female Lennon/McCartney,’ then PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland Jr is Tunabunny’s White Album, twenty eight songs rooted in the intersection between pop and the avant-garde, a kaleidoscope of sound anchored in melody—or is it a series of great songs being ripped apart and destroyed?
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, GA 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.
Pylon’s celebrated history came to a sudden end with the death of iconic guitarist Randy Bewley in 2009. Pylon was and always will be Vanessa, Randy, Michael, and Curtis. It is a certainty that the band will not reform with a new guitarist.
But hey, kids. Everything is still cool! Vanessa has gathered members of Athens bands Casper & the Cookies, The Glands, and pianist Damon Denton to create PYLON REENACTMENT SOCIETY. Is it a cover band if Vanessa is singing? Technically, it’s the next best thing. PRS are here to have fun and perform in the spirit of PYLON. On Tour now! Don’t be discouraged! Let’s dance!
Noon:30 sound like they’re about to explode.
We don’t mean that in a commercial sense—although stranger things have happened. We mean that this might be the most furious sound you’ll hear all year. Even when they whisper, Noon:30 sound hell-bent on vengeance, a kettle about to explode, a bomb about to go off.
They grew up in Detroit and now they live in D.C. Two friends, Aissa & Blue, Noon:30 are a band that transcends genre, a band who understands that the only way to truly fuck things up is to keep moving, to always stay one step ahead of people’s expectations. We could throw names at you—Bjork, Andy Stott, Nina Simone, The Knife, Nicki Minaj—but they all come up short. Noon:30 is art. Noon:30 is rage. Noon:30 is Noon:30.
It’s that feeling in your throat when you’re chasing someone you’re unable to catch, the desperation and the heat, when it feels like the whole world’s laughing at you. It’s enough to make you want to kill someone. But even as they rage, Noon:30 strives for transcendence.
From ambient to explosive, from sparseness to overload, from acapella to industrial, from frozen to ferocious. from a dream to a nightmare. Most of Finding Release isn’t safe for the radio. Fuck the radio. It’s a dangerous world out there. And if you can’t relate to any of this, then we envy you your comfort and your ignorance and your bliss.
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