Boomkat Product Review:
"In my top 100 of all time, this record falls very near the top." Michael Stipe, R.E.M. In 1987 Bill Berry, fresh from his band REM being hailed the most important rock group in America, dismissed the accolade with the plain retort; "We're not the best rock 'n' roll band in America, Pylon are." Now, thanks to the almost-unfaltering DFA label, Pylon's second, hugely influential LP 'Gyrate' is smartly reissued in expanded, remastered form. What is astounding listening back to Gyrate 27 years after its original release is how whilst embodying the post-punk aesthetic of 1979, it stills sounds absolutely contemporary. Indeed, each of Gyrate Plus' sixteen cuts resonate with the responses of the many admirers of the outfit's gloriously angular, grit and dust pop compositions. The taut, minimalist pop aesthetic of set opener 'Cool', has been appropriated by Deerhoof, (especially in this year's essential 'Friend Opportunity'). On 'Precaution', the chanting interlude is an almost exact pre-cursor to that of Kim Deal's Tony's Theme, from the Pixies' Surfer Rosa LP of 1988. Formed in 1979 in Athens, Giorgia, Pylon's art student line-up adopted the most common pop lineup of Guitar, bass, drums and voice reconfiguring 'pop' as concept and product. The voice of Vanessa Briscoe Hay, a stark, rough-edged dagger of an instrument, is the natural pre-cursor to Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon. Gyrate posesses the directness in delivery of Patti Smith, Blondie's hook-laden accessibility, the joyful viscerality of Talking Heads and Joy Division's sensitivity to understated arrangements. An essential missing link in the history of alternative American culture, Gyrate really is quite a discovery.