Pylon hails from Finland and is made up of members from stalwarts, Avarus. Roope Eronen and Tero Niskonen made these recordings years ago, but they were barely available by the time the Finns began receiving worldwide attention. Dennis Tyfus has reissued these two early Pylon releases on his Ultra Eczema imprint, giving further insight into the madness of Eronen and Niskonen's good-times duo.
These two releases are cathartic. It's like your typical Friday night after a long week of work. All you really want to do is drink some beers and have fun with your friends. That's what Pylon (and most of the other Finnish groups for that matter) is all about. Drinking beer and having fun. What's better than that?
Pylon is about creating mini cataclysms; bursts of energy and dust that explode on contact and take residence inside your brain. There's often an amateurish aspect to Pylon, but it almost seems on purpose. Whether it is or not doesn't matter, because it works. Blasts of keyboard fuzz are constantly battling it with various ramshackle percussion and detuned acoustic instrumentation. I don't know if it's necessarily mystical, but it is great. Eronen and Niskonen are constantly messing with their audience, teetering between something that does, at times, seem like religious channelling and something that just sounds like two drunk kids banging on shit.
This might sound a bit crass, but that's exactly what Pylon is. Over an hour of music graces this disc, which is housed in a full-color, stunning cover made by Tyfus himself. For my money, this music is about freedom, expression, and fun. This is the new punk rock and I'm willing to show up whenever Eronen and Niskonen are performing, liberty spikes and all. "Mieliemusiikkia" is an essential chapter in the story of Finland's dirt-veined underground. 7/10 -- Brad Rose (8 August, 2005)