Pharmacose Releases New Single, “Cleanse You”
Jacksonville, FL Alternative Rock project Pharmacoe has revealed the first song in their latest project, Ascension’s Constraint, a series of monthly song releases to be accompanied with one part of a serialized novel of the same name. Each song will be based around the events and/or themes of the accompanying installment of the novel. Ascension’s Constraint is a science fiction work set in the 22nd century at a time after the collapse of the US’s financial system. As a result, mega-corporations have assumed the responsibility of both local and federal government operations. The first installment will be released in April 2022 with the next single, “Obey.”
“I have always loved concept albums, and one of my major goals has always been to do one. I didn’t think it was going to happen this soon, but the lockdowns happened, and all of a sudden I had nothing to do. We had been gearing up for some shows to promote the intended release of Prescription Fiction, but obviously none of that happened. I didn’t want to sit around doing nothing, so I decided it was as good a time as any to start work on that record,” says Wes Jones, Pharmacose’s singer/songwriter.
“I had been kicking around some possible concepts for years, but it wasn’t until the lockdowns happened that I was able to commit to one. Even before the pandemic, I found myself ordering more and more things online, and it made me wonder just how dependent I’d become on corporations as well as how big and powerful many have become or are becoming. I’ve also been concerned about how wage stagnation and inflation are going to affect your average person in the future, and so I just combined the two ideas and that became the setting of the novel,” he adds.
As far as music production goes, ‘Cleanse You’ is the first song I’ve ever released that I wrote, performed, produced, and mixed on my own. Our past songs were all produced by Lu and were mixed by a very talented guy named Joe Rickard. It became hard for Lu and me to get together during the lockdowns, so I made it a goal to get better at production. Although I have done some production over the years, I was nowhere near as good at it as Lu. That had to change because I’m not a person that can sit still. For whatever reason, I always feel like I need to be getting better at something. So that took me down a two year journey where I spent countless hours trying to get better. A lot of the songs coming out were the result of those efforts. Lu and I are still working together, though. In fact, he produced and recorded the song we’re releasing next month, called ‘Obey.’ I have learned so much from him and I hope to continue to do so since I feel like I can’t hold a candle to him, but also I feel like I’m never going to be able to take the next step unless I release material that I’ve produced and mixed.”