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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Pharmacy

posted by on February 20 at 15:19 PM

This month The Stranger announced the 2008 Young Ones, a list of eight talented artists in Seattle who are making great music and predicted to find success over the course of the next year. There will be a party celebrating all the bands on Thursday, March 6th, and in the days leading up to the event, we will profile a band a day here on Line Out. Visit www.thestranger.com/youngones for more information.

The Pharmacy have been around for years—they released their full-length debut, B.F.F., in 2005. They’ve played hundreds of shows, gone on tours with artists like Kimya Dawson, Best Friends Forever, and Matt & Kim, and during their adventures they’ve been arrested, stranded, and cut by sharp rocks in a river. The band’s also gone through a regularly rotating cast of characters. The trio turned into a duo that turned into a quartet that turned back into a trio, which is where they’re at now with drummer Brendhan Bowers, guitarist and singer Scott Yoder, and keyboardist Stefan Rubicz.

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Photo by Mike de Leon

We’ve watched them morph from a discordant DIY punk band with melodies that struggled to breath under lo-fi recordings into power pop gold with messy but enthusiastic song structures and memorable choruses.

That’s why they’re one of this year’s Young Ones. In just two weeks the band well release their second full-length—Choose Your Own Adventure is the best thing the band’s done. Scott Yoder’s voice still struggles to hit some of the higher notes (and that’s one thing I like about his voice), and some songs are pure, blissful power-pop, while others still got that angst that made B.F.F. so fun to scream along to. With the release of this album and the most sturdy line-up the band has had in years, they’re poised to have a great fucking 2008.

Here’s the video for the song “Little Toys on a Shelf,” which is on the yet-to-be-released album Choose Your Own Adventure (out Feb 26th on Don’t Stop Believin’):

The Pharmacy, sadly, will be leaving on tour after their February 29 and March 1st CD release shows, so they won’t be appearing at the Young Ones party on Thursday, March 6th. But the line-up is still great—Sleepy Eyes of Death, Throw Me the Statue, Truckasauras, the Moondoggies, Talbot Tagora, the Physics, and we can’t forget about headliners Arthur & Yu and Dyme Def. The shows are at Neumo’s and Sole Repair, and it’s only $5 to get into the whole thing. All that cash goes to benefit Real Change.

Visit www.thestranger.com/youngones for more information.

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