It's been almost a decade since a young Scottie Yoder received a 4-track for his birthday and began turning out poppy, energetic garage numbers with friend Brendhan Bowers in a shed on Vashon Island up in Washington state. After classically-trained pianist Stefan Rubicz joined the pair in early 2007, they've been on a constant schedule. The past few years, the band's been alternating between the recording of 3 albums, a handful of 7"s and touring all over North America and Europe with acts varying from Japanther and Vivian Girls to Kimya Dawson and Matt+Kim.
They spent 2009 living in New Orleans where they recorded the LP Weekend for Park The Van Records. Seattle's The Stranger called it "the strongest, most consistent record the band has ever made" that "continues to move even further away from their basement-punk beginnings, experimenting with a more mellow, sometimes psychedelic sound laced with sweet harmonies." The New Orleans Gambit stated that "the LP plays out like a lost artifact from 1965 London" and that "The band's formerly kaleidoscopic psych/pop suddenly finds laser-guided precision, both musically and lyrically."
So after supporting the LP with 3 US and 2 European tours including a special SXSW session with Daytrotter, they returned to Seattle with a wealth of new material. The A side of the new Dig Your Grave EP contains two songs recorded in Seattle at Jack Endino's Soundhouse Studio. It was produced by Brandon Eggleston who is known for his work with Modest Mouse, Swans & Les Savy Fav. Yoder was even able to use the same guitar amp from Nirvana's Bleach LP for the solo in "Pines." The B side contains a demo recorded in the barracks on Governor's Island and an acoustic track from their time in New Orleans. Its a diverse and varied document offering a glimpse into their anticipated next LP, Stoned & Alone, due out later this year.
"Their music is frank, party-oriented garage rock, but it’s mostly an excuse to get the trio out on the road; you’d be hard pressed to find another group as firmly committed to rock and roll as a way of life, and they boast a transnational faction of female devotees to prove it." The New Yorker
"The growth in the band’s ambition suits them well as they make sure the focus remains on Scottie Yoder’s infectious vocal whine and the fuzzy interplay between the rhythm section." Robert Ham, Self-Titled
"Recorded at Jack Endino's Soundhouse, the four-song Dig Your Grave will hook you in like a prostitution sting hooks johns." Grant Brissey, The Stranger
"I AM super excited about the Pharmacy this year because not only are they once again a Northwest band (remember when they moved to New Orleans?) but they also have some new music coming out very soon." Megan Seling, Line Out - Naming them to the list of 12 local bands she's excited about in 2012!