Pharmakon - Old Coroner’s Court. Bristol.
If ever a track of music doesn’t even come close to preparing yourself to an artists live performance it’s this one, played pretty quietly through shitty computer speakers.
Pharmakon live last night in Bristol’s Old Coroners court was one of the most amazing things I’ve seen all year. The only valid reaction to it was to stand, gawp and sway from side to side and from back to front with a mind devoid of thought and instead full of beats, screams and driven noise.
Shockingly intense and electrifyingly uncompromising, it was one of the most all-consuming and extreme 30 mins of my life.
Margaret Chardiet is Pharmakon. She was born and raised in New York City and has been making power electronics / death industrial music as Pharmakon for five years now. And she does it well. Very, very well.
If I had a time machine the first thing I’d do would be to sent Pharmakon back to New York’s CBGB in 1977 so she could hang out with Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and share so much mutual love that they’d collaborate and music would never be the same again because its soul would have been destroyed.
Fearsome and mind-bendingly gnarly it’s the apex of what one person can do with some beats and a microphone.
The fact that I haven’t even deemed it necessary to mention the earth shattering GNOD performance speaks for itself.
Massive props to Sofi Nowell of You’re Not Human for bringing Pharmakon to Bristol AND for showcasing her in such an amazing space. Sofi’s consistently putting on some of the best shows on Bristol by some distance - follow You’re Not Human on Facebook and go to all the shows YNH put on for the rest of time to come.
Pharmakon put an album out earlier in the year called Abandon. Which is pretty much their way of saying “…all hope when you put this album on your record player and turn the volume of to maximum”.