by Peter Aaron
Chardiet underwent emergency surgery last year for a life-threatening cyst. In the weeks following her recovery time, she shaped Pharmakon's new album, Bestial Burden (Sacred Bones Records), “while meditating on the raw viscera of the human body and translating it into visceral music.” Using extreme sound and power electronics, Chardiet describes Pharmakon’s challenging sound as a mode of expressing her “deep-seated need/drive/urge/possession to reach other people and make them FEEL something [specifically] in uncomfortable/confrontational ways.”
Pharmakon will perform at EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy on Friday, December 5 at 8pm. Tickets are $18 and $13 for non-RPI students and senior citizens (!). For more information, call (518) 276-3921 or visit http://empac.rpi.edu/.