The Pharmacy’s sound is hard to nail down: having been together for over a decade, the band has released countless singles, EPs, and full-lengths that range from basement power punk to lo-fi, psych-tinged garage rock. The band’s earliest days in their hometown of Seattle consisted of singer/guitarist Scottie Yoder and drummer Brendhan Bowers churning out fuzzy, high-energy tunes on Yoder’s 4-track, and once they were joined by classically-trained pianist Stefan Rubicz, the trio began touring extensively in both the US and Europe, sharing stages with acts like Japanther, Vivian Girls, and Matt and Kim. Years of playing, touring, and recording together has resulted in a band that’s seasoned and self-assured, and their most recent album, Spells, boasts a new sense of maturity and diversity with raw, moody vocals and introspective lyrics.
Released on August 12th via Old Flame Records, much of Spells was written in a cabin in Big Sur, informed by the rocky beaches and the fog rolling in from the Pacific. It was recorded in the basement of a used car museum in downtown Tacoma, with every track laid down live by Kyle Brunette, producer of Night Beats’ S/T and Sonic Bloom LPs. Picking up where Stoned & Alone left off, Spells feels even more stripped-down and vulnerable, as if the members of The Pharmacy have allowed listeners an exclusive sneak peek into their collective brain. Unfortunately, in the week leading up to the release of Spells, The Pharmacy split up to pursue different creative outlets.