A new, career-spanning Pylon box set has been announced, featuring previously unreleased material from the legendary Athens, Georgia art rock band. Titled Pylon Box, it comes out November 6 via New West. The 4xLP box set will include remastered versions of their two studio albums —1980’s Gyrate and 1983’s Chomp — as well as a newly unveiled recording, Razz Tape, a 13-track session that predates their 1979 debut single. Below, check out ‘The Human Body’ from Razz Tape as well as a live version of ‘3 x 3’, and scroll down for a teaser trailer for the box set.
Of the set’s 47 tracks, 18 have never been previously released. This also marks the first time in almost 35 years that Gyrate and Chomp, now also available to stream in their entirety on Bandcamp, have been pressed to vinyl.
In addition, Pylon Box comes with a 200-page hardbound, full-colour book with archival images, featuring testimonials from the B-52’s’ Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson, members of Gang of Four, Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, Steve Albini, and more. Each copy of the set will be autographed by the band’s surviving members: Vanessa Briscoe Hay, Michael Lachowski, and Curtis Crowe.
Formed in 1979 at the University of Georgia, Pylon were largely influential in the punk and new wave scene of the early 1980s and were contemporaries of Athens bands R.E.M. and the B-52’s.