After wrapping up an extensive European tour, Pharmakon is heading back out on the road in support of her current release Abandon, out now on Sacred Bones Records.
2/8: Tokyo, JP – Vacant Harajuku ≈
2/8: Tokyo, JP – Sodom ¶
2/9: Tokyo, JP – Fish
2/18: Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right ¥
4/10: New York, NY – Irving Plaza †
4/11: Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts †
4/13: Boston, MA – Royale †
The single will be released on March 11 via Exploding in Sound Records. The band recorded the two tracks with production duo Dan Angel and James Ryskalchick (Fat History Month, Speedy Ortiz, Ugh God) at Philadelphia’s The Sex Dungeon, the same studio where they recorded Dripping.
According to guitarist/vocalist Rick Maguire, the complex yet meticulous track is about, “the trouble with putting any stock in the opinions of strangers.”
‘Special Snowflakes’ has become a staple of Pile‘s chaotic live set in recent months. Speaking of which, the band has live dates coming up;
02/17 – Cambridge, MA @ Charlie’s Kitchen w/ Roomrunner & Multicult
03/06 – Washington, DC @ The Black Cat w/ Speedy Ortiz & Big Ups
03/07 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
03/08 – New Orleans, LA @ The Saturn Bar w/ Speedy Ortiz & Big Ups
03/10 – McAllen, TX @ Galax Z Fair III
03/12 – Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/13 – Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/14 – Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/15 – Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/16 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Live Oak
03/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar w/ Speedy Ortiz
03/20 – Iowa City, IA
03/21 – Omaha, NE
03/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fuck Mtn.
03/23 – Marquette MI
03/24 – Chicago IL
03/25 – Pittsburgh PA
03/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House w/ Swearin’ & Gunk
03/30 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott w/ Disco Doom, Ovlov, LVL UP & Krill
Armed with a sound that’s both original and nostalgic, the EP clocks in at just under 10 minutes. The band recorded the four tracks at home over the course of three days with the help of their friend Candido Rezendes.
“Most of the songs on this effort are about depressing topics, but this song is about all the good things in life. It seems to be there to offset all the negativity of the other songs,” the band said in a statement.
“It embodies all the good times,” Charlie explained in a statement.
“Caroline” is a “conscious break up song,” Pete Tijerina said. “It’s open ended with no particular advice. It’s about feeling like shit when your ex is dating someone else.”