By Rick Polo (Editor-in-Chief)
Youngstown alt-metal quintet, The New PhaRmacy, have been on the rise for quite some time now. Formerly known as Dead II Me, the group changed their name over a year ago and have continued to not only make their mark on the scene, but stretch out and grab attention on a national level as well.
Now, the band are preparing for a major showcase gig in Austintown, Ohio on Nov. 30, hopefully catching the attention of a major American record label.
“We were approached by Louis Hickman of Rage Productions about the showcase,” said guitarist Hollywood M.D. “It’s part of the ‘Exposed Music Festival’ which travels to different cities to ‘expose’ local unsigned talent that is recommended through their contacts. The A&R rep that is coming is Kim Stephens, who currently works with Capitol Records (Matchbox 20, Collective Soul, Seven Mary Three, Saving Abel, Sick Puppies, Adelita’s Way). He also has worked w/ Universal and Atlantic Records. It’s on Friday Nov. 30, 2012 at Sammy’s Great American Bar (1722 S. Raccoon Rd.) in Austintown.”
Hollywood also spoke of how getting to meet and speak with some like Stephens will benefit The New PhaRmacy positively.
“With the impact of some one like Mr. Stephens, anything is possible. We will also get one-on-one FaceTime with him which is a rarity. As of now we don’t have a set time so get there when the doors open. Our set will run approximately 30-35 minutes,” said Hollywood.
The band have been held up in the studio for the past couple weeks laying down new material. While a full-length is in the works for a release sometime in the next year, Hollywood said that will take a short backseat as they have a few more high-profile gigs to attend to.
“Somewhere in between we are looking to go into the studio and finish our full length. For now there will be a five-song EP of new songs (and one really new) available for the Capitol showcase show,” said Hollywood.
Larry Serb of Don’t Touch That Studios was the man at the helm of the new EP, recording, mixing and mastering the finished product while capturing the raw power and emotions behind the new material. As of press time, Hollywood noted that the EP is in its final production stage before it’s to be unleashed upon the world.
“The new EP is in its mastering stages,” said Hollywood. “This one is far more advanced as a whole. We are more evolved as a band musically than ever. This time around is more of a ‘reach in and pull on the soul like a marionette, capturing every human emotion.’ And that’s what we did.”
Before the band heads back to the studio to finish up their full-length, they have another showcase for Radium Records on Dec. 22 at The Altar Bar in Pittsburgh and another noteworthy gig at the Ripper Owens Tap House in Akron on Jan. 26. They’ll also be involved in the premiere of the film The Zombinator, in which they made a cameo performance. The movie premieres in Youngstown Dec. 15-31.
Finally, Hollywood indicated that there will be no signs of The New PhaRmacy slowing down in the near future, so stay tuned.
“Our immediate plans are simple: Progressing forward without stopping,” said Hollywood.