Interview with Pharmacose

How did all of you meet? (Be honest) [Choir, Star Trek Convention, Hospital, Prison, Pharmacology school).
Wes Jones: I met Lu Rubino, our producer, and bassist after I was given his number by a friend at work. I contacted him and we’ve been working together ever since. He’s known Albert Cruz for years, so he came aboard playing drums. I later met Kevin on Craigslist.

Kevin Horne: I posted an ad on craigslist as a guitarist looking for a band, and Wes
sent me some of his songs and asked if I would be interested in trying out. I met Lu
and Albert at our first rehearsal after I officially got the part.

What genre label would you give your music or would you?
Wes Jones: I think we are mostly rock, but I think at times lean a bit more electronic, metal, and pure alternative.
Kevin Horne: Our sound is firmly planted in rock, but it weaves in and out of
alternative, punk, metal, and electronic.

Your thoughts on Iggy Pop?
Wes Jones: He’s about as influential as anyone has ever been in rock.

Kevin Horne: I think he’s a pioneer. Incredible to still be doing what he does at his

Talk about this current project and the unique twist you have brought to it.
Wes Jones: Pharmacose started out as Digital Array in 2017. Lu and I released some
songs, but we ended up pulling them since we added Kevin and Albert. We went
back and reworked some of those songs, and wrote some new songs as well. So this
is the culmination of the work that started in 2017. I write the lyrics, so I think I’ve
had the most influence on our themes. All the songs from this year tend to gravitate
toward mental health, since I’ve had some struggles in the past.

Kevin Horne: We all have such varied influences and musical backgrounds, and I
think the sound of our music really reflects that. I come from thrash and progressive
metal background, so I try to put that kind of spin on it when it fits.

Inspiration- where does it come from for you?
Wes Jones: Honestly, inspiration for me only really comes when I sit down and start writing, be it songs or lyrics. The ideas seem to trickle in after that.

Kevin Horne: It comes from anything and everything. Words I hear people say,
personal experience, things I see on TV. Anything that makes me feel something or
makes me think.

What’s on the agenda and goals for 2020?
Wes Jones: We’ve already started writing our next round of material. I hope to get
most of that recorded this year. We’d like to play some more live shows, of course.
But the big thing is just trying to get more exposure.

Kevin Horne: I’m working hard to finish the second album for Flynn, my personal
project. And there’s writing underway for new Pharmacose, and hopefully, some live
shows as well.

You can only have one instrument to play now for the rest of your life, what instrument would choose
and why?
Wes Jones: My Les paul.

Kevin Horne: My PRS SE Mark Holcomb. I don’t think I could design a better guitar
at any price point. It just sounds and feels right in every way to me.

Favorite Steven King Novel and Character?
Wes Jones: I love the Dark Tower series. Favorite character is Roland. The first book, The Gunslinger, is probably my favorite. It’s so suspenseful, especially since you are not sure what is going on.

Who is your all-time favourite reggae songwriter of all time?
Wes Jones: I am not really well versed in reggae, so I would be doing a disservice by trying to answer this question.

The band name... before this gets really old... or maybe it has... why?
Wes Jones: Pharmacose is a combination of the words “pharmaceutical” and “comatose.” I had
just been thinking about antidepressants and mood stabilizers, and how they affect those of us
with mental illness.

Vegetarian or carnivore?
Wes Jones: Carnivore

Kevin Horne: I try to keep it somewhere in the middle, but carnivore if I have to pick.
I love steak entirely too much.

If tomorrow Freddy Mercury could come back and hang out with you all for one day- what would you all like to do?
Wes Jones: I’d show him Pro Tools, and I’d see what kind of crazy music we could make.

Kevin Horne: Besides recording music with him, we’d probably have dinner. He had
such a sharp wit and a great sense of humor; I’d love to hear his stories and pick his

Remember thongs? Are they still a thing? Did you ever own a pair?
Wes Jones: I don’t think I would look good with a whale tail.

Best song from the 80s and 90s and did you like A Flock of Seagulls?
Wes Jones: “Overkill” by Men At Work. I do like A Flock of Seagulls. Funny you should bring them up. Both Lu and Albert have toured as a member of their lineup.

Kevin Horne: Either Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” or “Head Over Heels” by
Tears for Fears. I’m a 90’s kid. I discovered 80’s music retroactively and missed the
wave of popularity that a lot of those bands enjoyed. I’m not really a “Flock” fan, but
I may have been if I was around for it originally.

How much do you think a single download should cost the John Q Public? How about an album? For you personally do you prefer streaming or still getting your sweaty fingers all over a CD or Vinyl record?
Wes Jones: I think the prices for downloading singles/albums is more or less fair. I don’t think
streaming pays enough, though. At the risk of losing whatever credibility I have, I like streaming honestly. I like technology. I like being able to have all my music on my phone. Collecting just takes up so much space.

Kevin Horne: It’s hard to put a price on music, especially when you’ve seen behind
the curtain and know all the work and moving parts that go into a finished song, let
alone an entire album. You can’t beat streaming for convenience, but there’s
something special that happens hearing the imperfections of vinyl. It seems to make
everything feel more organic.

Where can we find your music and more about your band?
Pharmacose: Check out our social media pages. I especially post a lot of updates on Facebook.

We’re on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other streaming outlets, and you can check out our videos on our
YouTube channel.