Pharmakon, an industrial noise project by New York City Artist Margaret Chardiet, announces fourth album and Getintothis’ Chris Flack has the news and UK tour dates.
New York City based artist Margaret Chardiet’s project Pharmakon has announced the fourth long-player to be released under the moniker; Devour is the most intense output of 12 plus years creating huge industrial noise.
Pharmakon is an experimental solo project birthed in 2007, live, Pharmakon has been described as confrontational, an act that focuses on crossing boundaries between performer and audience.
As a live performer, Chardiet’s shows are famously intense, she is often found writhing around on the stage, in what looks like an attempt to escape her very skin and bones.
Chardiet has been a prominent figure in the experimental music scene since the age of 17, her self-titled debut EP was released on BloodLust! in 2009, earning her a place on the Sacred Bones label where she released her first long-player, Abandon, in 2013.
Abandon was followed by Bestial Burden in 2014, Contact, her third long-player, was released 2017 and Devour hit the shelves at the end of August.
Devour is an album with a strong concept that delivers five punishing, demanding tracks, it was recorded live in-studio by Ben Greenberg of Industrial noise outfit Uniform.
Devour recorded as one continuous take with vocals added live from start to finish, marking a new process for the artist that gives room to the ferocity and immediacy of her performance to reverberate through the record.
Devour delivers heavy electronics, groovy hooks, and what could be described as an almost unhinged vocal. It is obvious from the record that Chardiet strives to push the envelope and push at the boundaries of genres.
Margaret Chardiet has this to say of Devour;
“Devour uses self-cannibalization as allegory for the self-destructive nature of humans; on cellular, individual, societal and species-wide scales. In our cells, our minds, our politics and our species, humans are self-destructing.
But this behavior does not happen in a vacuum. It is an instinctive inward response to a world of increasing outward violence, greed, and oppression.
Turning these wounds toward ourselves can be seen as an attempt at “balancing feedback”, within a never-ending positive feedback loop of cause and effect. With this view, the blame is placed not within the individual, but with the world they must contend with, and a society that is designed to fail them – to keep them gnashing and wailing, inflicted with an all-devouring hunger that inevitably turns in on the self.
Those that pit them against each other grin from the sidelines, bellies full. Those who see beyond the veil need to obscure the horrid sight by any means necessary, but respite is always brief- nothing can dampen the glare from behind the veil.
This album is dedicated to all who were lost to their own demise, all who have been institutionalized; whether in prison, psychiatric facilities, or drug rehabilitation. It is for all those ostracized by and isolated from a totality which chews them up alive in a self-cannibalizing caste system.
Here, where martyrs, slaves, and pharmakos are not eradicated, but simply called by another name. “ABOUT THE SHALLOWNESS OF SANITY”… To be well adjusted in this system is to be oblivious and unfeeling.
This is for the rest of us, who understand that chaos, madness, pain and even self-destruction are natural and inevitable responses to an unjust and disgusting world of our own making.”
European and UK tour dates have been announced for April and May 2020, details below.
7 April – Freakout, Bologna
8 April – Monk, Roma
9 April – Ohibo, Milan
10 April – Metelkova City, Ljubljana
12 April – Chelsea, Vienna
13 April – Durer Kert, Budapest
17 April – Kastan, Prague
18 April – SpreeBerlin DE Urban
19 April – Loppen, Copenhagen
20 April – Hus 7, Stockholm
21 April – Blass, Oslo
24 April – s105, Amsterdam
25 April – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
26 April – Le Petit Bain, Paris
28 April – Studio 9294, London
29 April – Green Door Store, Brighton
30 April – White Hotel, Manchester
1 May – Exchange, Bristol
2 May – Angel, Nottingham
8 May – Temple, Athens
9 May – Mutabor, Moscow RU
01 – Homeostasis
02 – Spit It Out
03 – Self-Regulating System
04 – Deprivation
05 – Pristine Panic / Cheek by Jowl