Pharmakon makes blood-curdling music which, like a good horror film, demands your terrified attention. Margaret Chardiet handily made SPIN’s Best New Artists list for February, in which we described her sound as being “as cuddly as a trepanning drill, but .. just as precise.” Heretofore, the New York artist’s recordings have been tough to track down — limited to lost tapes and scratched CD-Rs — but the good folks at Sacred Bones released a proper Pharmakon album, Abandon, last week. We heard the industrial death-rattler “Crawling on Bruised Knees” back in March, and now we’ve got “Ache,” an aptly named piece that throbs with nasty noise and pierces with horrific screams. Stream that below at your leisure, and catch Pharmakon on the road via the dates below. If you’re lucky (and into being punished), the magnificent Swans will be there too.
Pharmakon tour dates:
May 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Rink (w/ Vår)
May 31 – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas at Red 7 (w/ The Men) % #
Jun 3 – Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves @ %
Jun 4 – Little Rock, AK @ Downtown Music Hall % +
Jun 5 – Chattanooga, TN @ Sluggos North % +
Jun 6 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 % + &
Jun 7 – Asheville, NC @ Static Age Records % + &
Jun 8 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Nightlight % + &
Jun 9 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat % +
Jun 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly (Northside Festival) % + ~ &
Jun 19 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room %
Jun 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Complex % !
Jun 21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Lab % !
Jun 23 – Seattle, WA @ Narwal %
Jul 20 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge (w/ Wolf Eyes) ~
Jul 22 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House ?
Jul 23 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House ?
Jul 24 -Columbus, OH @ The Bluestone ?
Jul 25 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom ?
Jul 26 – Buffalo, NY @ Trafl Music Hall ?
% with Lust for Youth
# with Destruction Unit
+ with Body of Light
& with Puce Mary
~ with Marshstepper
! with Pure Ground
? with Swans