Athens Art Punk


In 1979, four residents of the sleepy Georgia college town of Athens built a scene out of conceptual art classes, yard-sale instruments, living-room keggers, and fluorescent-lit dance parties. Pulling angularity from the abyss, Pylon merged the industrial austerity and emotional saturation of postpunk with deep-fried transatlantic influences. Contemporaries of the B-52s and Gang of Four, Pylon did jangle-gone-jagged throughout the 1980s, took a lengthy hiatus, then returned in 2004 just as its legacy was being reintroduced by contemporary artists such as DFA's James Murphy.

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