Pharmakoi/Distance-Crunching Honchos with Echo Units

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Pharmakoi/Distance-Crunching Honchos With Echo Units
Studio album by The Refo:mation
Released 1997
Recorded 1997
Genre Rock
Length 61:15
Label Phantom Records
Producer The Church
The Refo:mation chronology
Magician Among the Spirits
(1996)
Pharmakoi/Distance-Crunching Honchos With Echo Units
(1997)
Hologram of Baal
(1998)

This album is a The Church (band)-related release. After Peter Koppes' departure in 1992, the band members turned their attention to outside projects in 1996 and 1997. Willson-Piper saw collaborations with Brix Smith (The Fall), Adult Net, Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes) and Cinerama, while also beginning a side project with ex-All About Eve bandmates (titled Seeing Stars) and writing new solo material. Kilbey wrote the score for Australian film Blackrock and recorded an ambient, instrumental album, Gilt Trip, with brother Russell P. Kilbey.

In the absence of any new work as 'The Church', Kilbey, Powles and Koppes spent some studio time together as well. The resulting material - released under the guise of The Refo:mation (initially The Reformation, but altered upon Powles' request as a courtesy to Willson-Piper) was largely put together in a few quick recording sessions. Loose in feel, but richly atmospheric, the eccentrically-titled Pharmakoi/Distance-Crunching Honchos With Echo Units saw a greater focus on concise, guitar-dominated songs, rather than the uncontrolled experimentation of Magician Among the Spirits.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "1:07" – 1:08
  2. "Don't Move" – 4:21
  3. "Traitor" – 5:21
  4. "She Comes In Singing" – 3:39
  5. "All See It Now" – 4:42
  6. "Trying to Get In" – 5:38
  7. "Florian Trout" – 4:35
  8. "5:28" – 3:29
  9. "Who Is the One?" – 5:34
  10. "Get Over It" – 3:45
  11. "Take Your Place" – 3:46 (lead vocal by Tim Powles)
  12. "Towards Sleep" – 5:22
  13. "The Moon and the Sea" – 4:56
  14. "Stop" – 4:51