Published Feb 25, 2009Randy Bewley, of new wave pioneers and post-punk influencers Pylon, has suffered a heart attack and is in the intensive care unit at a Athens, GA hospital.
According to a Facebook posting from the band, Bewley's heart-attack occurred Monday evening (February 23) while driving in Athens, causing him to drift off the road and tip his van. No other people or vehicles were involved in the crash and rescue workers were forced to perform CPR at the scene before taking Bewley to the ICU at Athens Regional Medical Center. A source close to the band said Bewley is reportedly in a coma.
Bewley and bassist Michael Lachowski founded Pylon in Athens in 1978 before eventually adding drummer Curtis Crowe and vocalist Vanessa Hay to the line-up. Pylon reissued their 1980 cult classic Gyrate as Gyrate Plus in 2007 courtesy of DFA and after disbanding in 1991, reunited for a New Year's show in 2005. The group have been playing on and off again since, and have repeatedly been named as a major influence on acts such R.E.M. and Deerhunter.