An Interview with 'Pylon Heights'
Who are the band members and what do they play?
Chris plays guitar (and the crowd?), with Jon on keys/vocals/trumpet/drum achines - or anything else he can get his hands on.
How and where did you get together?
Chris and Jon were firm friends long before Pylon Heights popped into existence, but when Jon finished university in 2016, they had a whole summer to fill. In the extreme heat of Jon's attic room, the pair wrote their debut single "Arizona" (in a time signature of 5/4, no less), and planned to debut it at a local music festival. Unfortunately, the music festival was cancelled (like most arts-related shenanigans in The Fens), and so they went about organising a friends-and-family-only music festival in a back garden to show off their hard work. It was a great success, and was repeated the following year, after which they decided to start working on some more original material.
What are the band's main influences?
Pylon Heights influences include The National, Frightened Rabbit, Beirut and Bombay Bicycle Club. Although they are equally as productive when not under the influence.
Have you played any notable gigs, festivals or other events? Likewise radio or TV appearances?
Not yet. We mostly write and record at the moment, but hope to find the time to start gigging this year. That said, Chris was an extra in the 'Dad's Army' movie (paper boy #1, uncredited).
Are there any other interesting or amusing happenings – no matter how small – that the band have been involved with that would be of interest to those who like your music?
We documented our rehearsals for the back garden gigs on our YouTube channel - whether we are as funny as we think is debatable, but we definitely think these are worth a watch to see how a couple of mates make music (and entertain themselves in the process). We produce our own artwork and visual content, and are currently working on making more lyric videos. Jon is an engineer and has a keen interest in motion design, video production and audio-reactive art.
Do you have any favourable quotes from previous reviews of the band that you'd be happy to share?
No reviews as of yet! Aside from "TOP", which Chris' Dad replied to an Instagram post once. Nobody really knows what this means.
Where was the single/EP/album recorded and who was involved in its production?
The EP was recorded, mixed and mastered at the Solid State Logic HQ in Oxfordshire, where Jon works! We recorded the tracks ourselves in between the bedroom and the studio, and we also mixed and mastered it ourselves.
Is there a particular ethos behind the single/EP/album or any particular music styles or events that inspired it?
In a nutshell, "The Arizona EP" is about the people that you meet on your travels, that you know you'll never forget.
Can you briefly describe what the song/each song is about? If you are releasing an album then either describe the thinking behind the project or choose a couple of lead tracks to focus on.
"A Song for Sarah" captures the sights and sounds of Oktoberfest, where - you probably guessed it - Chris met Sarah. It is about the brief but immediate human connection between a Tennessee law major and a Cambridge-born Drama degree dropout from completely different worlds.
"Arizona" (the title track) is the first song Chris and Jon wrote together, with the original draft arriving on the scene as long ago as summer 2016. It is about a fleeting love affair with an American exchange student from The University of Arizona. Despite a short time together and a 5099 mile distance between them loomin
Chris insists that the theme of 'American women' isn't deliberate.
Were there any notable or amusing happenings surrounding the recording/production of the EP?
“Arizona” was selected to be featured on the short film “The Benchmark” by September Avenue Films.
Aside from this, the world record for the amount of coffee ever consumed was achieved during the process of recording The Arizona EP (although don't look it up, since we wanted to maintain anonymity in this respect so we doubt you'll find anything).
Please provide a one or two-line personal quote that can be attributed to a band member, about either the band themselves or the release.
"The Arizona EP is basically me trusting Jon to sing what I can't. Like in high school, when you’d get your friend to tell your crush that you liked them... But with melancholy vocals and also the trumpet." - Chris