Who? The Seattle-based art punkers The Pharmacy are driven by core, founding members Scottie Yoder (guitar/vocals) and Brendhan Bowers (drums/vocals), who have been playing together since they were in their teens. Outside of Yoder and Bowers, the band has gone through numerous incarnations due to the band’s crazy touring schedule and DIY aesthetic. Most recently the band completed a three-month, 80-date tour with new keyboardist Stefan Rubicz and bassist Ryan Thompson in tow. Playing Bumbershoot’s EMP | SFM Sky Church stage Saturday (Sept. 1) at 6:30 P.M.
What’s the Deal? The Pharmacy craft art-punk tunes combined with earworm-worthy pop sensibilities and rhyming Seuss-like lyrics ready for blissful sing-alongs. Although the world may be going digital, The Pharmacy’s most recent release, put out by Tic Tac Totally, is Abominable — a 7″ of “Tropical Yeti Song” on white vinyl with a pressing of only 500 copies. The playful synth-pop of this track will get booties shakin’ and toes tappin’ faster than you can say “Humble Bumble.”
Fun Fact: After their less-than-reliable van quit while on tour in Georgia, the band crashed a family reunion only to find good old Southern Hospitality. The band stayed with members of that family until their van could be repaired.
Stay tuned to SPIN.com’s coverage of Bumbershoot 2007, which goes down this weekend in Seattle, and watch a video interview with the Pharmacy plus snippets of their Bumbershoot set!
Now Hear This:
The Pharmacy – “Tropical Yeti” DOWNLOAD MP3
Now Watch This:
The Pharmacy – “Tropical Yeti”
On the Web:
The Pharmacy at MySpace
Talk: Does The Pharmacy fill your rock’n’roll prescription?
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