Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Pharmacy Dig Your Grave tonight at the Replay

The Pharmacy is on tonight at the Replay.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 7:55 AM

THE PHARMACY - DIG YOUR GRAVE (MUSIC VIDEO) from brendhan bowers on Vimeo.

The Pharmacy hails from Seattle and follows in the grand aesthetic tradition of many Northwest bands. Its latest EP, Dig Your Grave, mixes garage rock's fuzzily up-front instrumentation with inscrutably indecipherable lyrics. That's the video for the title track, directed by Brendhan Bowers, above. It ought to be enough to get you down to the Replay tonight to see the group with Dry Bonnet. If not, we also conducted an interview with the band via e-mail that sheds further light on the Pharmacy's sound.

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The Pitch: The Pharmacy has recorded three LPs and a fistful of singles since 2005. Why so prolific?

The Pharmacy: I don't think we're prolific enough, actually. We still have a whole other album of demos left over from New Orleans. We just have really low living standards and fairly high standards for playing music as much as possible.

The new single, Dig Your Grave, doesn't stick to any one genre. What's your inspiration to mix things up so thoroughly?

Yeah, I guess it's like listening to every third song on our upcoming LP. The songs were recorded all over the country and past couple years. The A side was recorded in Seattle; Portland, Vancouver and Vashon, Washington. "Lazy Bones" was recorded in a military barracks converted into art installation on Governor's Island, NYC. There was rotting meat and skin all over the room where we set up. And an old-timey ether machine was in the corner. "Burn Your Bridges" was recorded at our house in New Orleans right before we left.

Even as you switch sounds in such a limited time, all of the songs are distinctly by the same band. How do you maintain a core sound?

We all share the same sleeping bag on tour.

You're out on the road for a long time, playing small venues to people who might not know you. What's a two-month tour for a small garage band like?

Generally, it's really great! We've been doing this long enough to kinda expect things to not be totally stellar all the time crowdwise. Occasionally there will be a freaky weird superfan with a video camera lurking after us ...

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Have you done the whole SXSW thing before? If so, is playing SXSW a party or a total chore? If not, what are you expecting?

No, no, we always have a pretty awesome time down there. Our friends in Shellshag have thrown some awesome parties for their label Starcleaner Records, and there's always the random house parties that are super last minute. We got to meet Nardwuar last time we were there! I think I usually just block out all the boring shows and blend them into one super show of douchey funk jam bands and mediocre guitar smashing.

Do you have anything that you want the audience who comes to your shows to expect?

Expect that we'll probably be late.

MP3: The Pharmacy, "Dig Your Grave"

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