Words by Robert Ham

While it’s nearly impossible to make sense of all the music that floods our mailbox, inbox, and various Web browsers every day–not to mention the shelves at self-titled‘s favorite record stores–we’re constantly looking for artists who make us stop what we’re doing and actually listen. Here’s one of them:

The Artist/Album: The Pharmacy, Dig Your Grave EP (Kind Turkey, February 3rd)

The Vibe: This group of power pop bashers from Seattle is getting all ambitious on us. A bit of classically inspired piano here, a cello melody there…it’s like they’ve matured or something. The growth in the band’s ambition suits them well—see also: their Stoned & Alone LP, due out later this year through Park the Van—as they make sure the focus remains on Scottie Yoder’s infectious vocal whine and the fuzzy interplay between the rhythm section.

RIYL: Beer-fueled pogoing; the wisdom of Power Pop Pop-Pop; sweaty house shows

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