The Pharmacy

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Not to be confused with Pharmacy.
The Pharmacy
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From left to right: Scott Yoder, Stefan Rubicz, Brendhan Bowers in front of the Berlin Wall
Background information
Origin Vashon Island, Washington
Genres Indie rock, psychedelic
Years active 2002—present
Labels Park The Van
Don't Stop Believin'
Tic Tac Totally
High Fives & Handshakes
Bachelor Records (Austria)
Kind Turkey Records
Website Official Website
Members Scott Yoder
Brendhan Bowers
Stefan Rubicz
Past members Joey Seward
Ryan Thompson
Calvin Havnaer
Oscar Allen

The Pharmacy is a psychedelic/indie rock band from Seattle, Washington, consisting of three members: Scott Yoder (guitar, lead vocals), Brendhan Bowers (drums, backing vocals), and Stefan Rubicz (keyboards, backing vocals). They also have been known to record with a wide array of other instruments including strings, horns, and many different types of synthesizers/keyboards. They occasionally play live with bassist Aaron Khawaja.

History[edit]

The Pharmacy were founded on Vashon Island, Washington in 2002 by Scott Yoder and Brendhan Bowers. The band was founded while they were in their freshman and junior years in high school. Drawing influence from Nirvana, The Unicorns, The Beatles, Electric Light Orchestra and Andrew W.K. the two created a messy mix of garage and punk, later evolving into a dance-able pop band. Don't Stop Believin' Records(Seattle), a like-minded local record label released a collection of home demos titled "B.F.F." with Scott singing and playing guitar, Joey Seward playing keyboards and bass, and Brendhan playing drums. After graduating high school on Vashon, they moved to Seattle and Olympia. They continued to play while Brendhan attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

They first reached local prominence in 2005, after completing their first United States tour with Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches. Throughout most of the tour, they performed as her backing band.

In early 2006 recording sessions began at a Freemason Temple in Seattle. After a few weeks the project was permanently shelved. They instead spent the year with more touring following the release of the Overcast Summer 7" EP. They performed at Plan-It-X Fest in July of this year. 2006 also saw the departure of Joey Seward and his subsequent replacement by keyboardist Stefan Rubicz and bass player Ryan Thompson. Not long after Joey's departure he soon joined both Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground as well as Doomhawk.

By the beginning of 2007, they had released the Abominable 7" on Chicago label Tic Tac Totally. It featured the song "Tropical Yeti Song" which was accompanied by a music video. They toured frequently throughout the rest of the year, performing at several music festivals including Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party and the Seattle Weekly Reverb Festival. In September bassist Ryan Thompson was kicked out of the band amid the recording sessions for Choose Yr Own Adventure.

In January 2009 they re-located to New Orleans, Louisiana, where they recorded "Weekend" in a house that they shared, on a Tascam 4-track. The "Weekend" LP was released by Don't Stop Believin' Records, and in Europe by Seayou Records (Austria).

In September 2009, the Pharmacy played the New Island Festival on Governors Island in New York Harbor. The Pharmacy has toured Europe three times, playing shows in over 18 countries. In 2008, a split 7" with Japanther was released by Austrian label Bachelor Records [1]. In May 2010 they played at Yo Garage in Monterrey, Mexico during a 5 month long tour of the US/Europe. In January 2011 they are set to play at the Rock & Roll Circus at Lincoln Center.

They currently live in Seattle.

Scott Yoder also performs/records in a side-project called Fuzzy Cloaks with fellow Pharmacy member Stefan Rubicz

Albums[edit]

  • B.F.F. LP/CD (June, 2005, 2nd press blue cover - January 2006)
  • Choose Yr. Own Adventure CD/LP/Cassette (February 29, 2008)
  • Weekend LP/CD/Cassette (March 2010)
  • Stoned & Alone LP/CD/Cassette (2012)

Singles, EPs, Collections[edit]

  • Ship of Fools, a five-song 7" record (August, 2003)
  • Ray-Gun Mariachi demo CD-R (2004)
  • B.F.F. LP/CD (June, 2005, 2nd press blue cover - January 2006)
  • Abominable, a two-song 7" record lmtd. 500 copies (Tic Tac Totally March, 2007)
  • Overcast Summer, a four-song 7" record lmtd. 333 copies (March, 2006)
  • WAYDWYL split 7" with Japanther (September, 2008)
  • Solid Melts split cassette with Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk (September, 2009)
  • Dig Your Grave a four-song 7" record lmtd. 500 copies (Kind Turkey Records, February 3, 2012)
  • Josephine a four-song EP (Seayou Records, May 11, 2012)
  • Apparition a one-song 7" picture disc (Electricity & Lust Records, March 5, 2013)
  • Trouble Maker a four-song digital EP (Seayou Records, October 31, 2013)

Videos[edit]

  • "Tropical Yeti Song" (2007) from the Abominable 7" on Tic Tac Totally
  • "Little Toys On A Shelf" (2008) from the Choose Yr Own Adventure LP/CD
  • "WAYDWYL" (2009) from the Weekend LP - directed by SKINNY (Directing Team)
  • "Dig Your Grave" (2012) from the Dig Your Grave 7" EP
  • "Pines" (2012) from the Dig Your Grave 7" EP

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