Thursday, July 21, 2005
O Patient One's!

'Tis once again a rather guilty Richard Andrew writing to you after not giving you a glimpse into the wonderful world of Pharmacy for so long. It's certainly not been a case of me sitting around in my underwear in a beanbag eating Burger Rings and watching daytime television (though sometimes I relish the thought!) ...it's as usual been the situation of simply being too damn busy to let you know what's going on.

Well ...strap yourselves in as the BIG NEWS is that Pharmacy has finally got distribution into the UK and Europe through highly respected UK distributor Shellshock. This basically means that we can now release directly into the UK and Europe. After years of refining our craft here in Australia - I get the very warm feeling that Ol' Blighty are gonna take rather kindly to the next batch of Pharmacy releases. All the hard work of label partners Andrew Coates from Interstate40 and Darrall Knight from Artem Music in the UK has paid off!

We will be launching our European assault with the now classic Black Cab album 'Altamont Diaries' which has already earned glowing reviews in Rolling Stone (US) and UnCut Magazine (UK) ...with 4 out of 5 stars no less! Got a rather good feeling about this one. Meanwhile, the 'Cab have been hard at work in the studio putting together the much anticipated follow up to Altamont Diaries. Keep an eye on the gig guides for some upcoming Black Cab / Sand Pebbles shows at the Espie on the 3rd and 10th of September.

Meanwhile, a few other wonderful things that have kept me from the rather inviting underpants / bean bag / burger ring / television scenario are as follows ....

Alex Jarvis debut album '6's & 7's' is finally finished and heads off to the 'big house' tomorrow to be turned into lots of little albums ...digipacks no less! and I have to say that there is no other word than amazing or amazing and amazing to describe this album. Other than incredible! The album will be released on the 15th of August and launch details to follow shortly. I just love this album!

Meanwhile, the delightful Tugboat have just finished mastering their second album 'Two Schools of thought' which is a gloriously diverse and dirty slab of delicious pop which has been over two years in the making. Look out for news of this one shortly ...which will be coming out in September.

Meanwhile ...the exquisite second album 'Go Slow' from Silver Ray's Cam Butler will be released in the UK and Europe very shortly through Broken Horse in the UK. Keep an eye on the gig guides for Cam's shows in Melbourne. I've been getting some lovely emails from listener's to Radio National's 'The Deep End' following a fantastic live performance from Cam broadcast nationally a couple of weeks ago.

Keep an eye on the gig guides too for some long awaited (and overdue) live performances from Princess One Point Five following the release of her beautiful debut album 'At Long Last' which was released earlier this year through Pharmacy imprint 'Le De Records'.

...and meanwhile ... far from having disappeared back into the labyrinth of some large general hospital - the very lovable Registered Nurse has finally found the time to pop back into the studio to continue work on the ridiculously overdue follow up to 2004's 'Young Husbands'. With a stack of new songs, the album 'Blind in One Eye' is sounding fantastic already and is scheduled for release in late September. Again, keep an eye out for upcoming shows in the gig guide. Oh, and while I remember - our web laddie has just recently re-jigged the mail list so now there's no excuse to keep you updated on the latest Pharmacy going's on.

Thanks again to everyone for your support and now ....if I could just find that remote control.

Cheers Everyone!

Richard Andrew