LISTEN: Pharmakon, “Ache”

Pharmakon - 'Abandon'

Pharmakon - 'Abandon' One of the most compelling acts at RBMA’s “Drone Activity in Progress” show, Margaret Chardiet’s Pharmakon project was actually one of the night’s only traditional noise acts–an uncompromising wave of wickedness, from her sawed-off synth lines to the kind of primal screams Kanye West ought to have studied before performing this song on Saturday Night Live. Which makes sense considering Chardiet says she’s driven by a “deep-seated need/drive/urge/possession to reach other people and make them FEEL something in uncomfortable/confrontational ways.”

Case in point: “Ache,” taken from Abandon, Pharmakon’s first Sacred Bones song cycle after a series of small releases and CD-Rs…