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New York City (2007 – present)

1) Pharmakon is the / project of Margaret Chardiet, which has been operating out of The Red Light District collective in New York City since 2007.
2) Pharmakon is a two-piece band from Melbourne, Australia formed in 2010.

1)Thus far, Pharmakon has released a self-titled EP out on Bloodlust! in 2008 and the full-length Abandon on Sacred Bones Records in 2013. Chardiet is also a member of the project Throat. Margaret Chardiet was born and raised in New York City . As a founding member of the Red Light District collective in Far Rockaway, NY she has been a figurehead in the underground experimental scene since the age of seventeen. She points out that the environment there amongst so many other experimental artists (amongst them Yellow Tears & Haflings) inspired her to keep making increasingly challenging work. She describes her drive to make noise music as something akin to an exorcism where she is able to express, her “deep-seated need/drive/urge/possession to reach other people and make them FEEL something in uncomfortable/confrontational ways.” Engineered by Sean Ragon of Cult of Youth at his self-built recording studio Heaven Street, Abandon is Pharmakon’s first proper studio album and also her first widely distributed release.

Unlike other experimental projects, Pharmakon does not improvise when performing or recording.


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  • cak_aw

    come to indonesia pls

    28 Mar 3:27pm Reply
  • j3s00s

    queen of hell

    8 Mar 2:30pm Reply

    seeing her live is so intense. she only played for about 15 mins, but it was amazing

    8 Mar 12:31pm Reply
  • Nekrovoor

    It wasn't a comparison but a recommendation

    3 Mar 7:47am Reply

    "listen to puce mary" but they sound nothing alike tho, what a weird comparison

    1 Mar 6:03am Reply
  • Nekrovoor

    Bestial Burden pales so much in comparison with the debut. Very little is worth saving. Listen to Puce Mary

    28 Feb 8:37pm Reply

    @renihilater: wtf does "honest" sound like

    25 Feb 11:21am Reply
  • tenrapid

    really enjoying Beastial Burden. except for Primitive Struggle that is - i have no desire to ever listen to that again.

    20 Feb 11:58am Reply
  • anti-frequency

    cant wait to see her in greece

    18 Feb 2:02am Reply
  • renihilater

    I think I have found a new addiction. Her music is raw and honest. It feels like a diary, it feels like some of my own thoughts on mortality transcribed into a soundtrack, it feels real when everything feels bleached and watered down. It's some of the best sounding music/noise (whatever) I've heard. Seriously incredible.

    11 Feb 12:22am Reply
  • Jacquie-Oh

    Going to see Pharmakon tonight (2/04/2015) in New Orleans! ;)

    4 Feb 9:06pm Reply
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  • moon_sister

    Beastial Burden is flawless!! <3

    30 Jan 7:32pm Reply
  • Choners

    Noise sounds great with female vocals, I like this

    29 Jan 10:33pm Reply
  • Massive_Anus

    nice, albeit short, performance yesterday

    14 Jan 5:06pm Reply
  • rawen333

    sweet relaxing music, grandparents will luv it on holidays :p

    5 Jan 6:22pm Reply
  • ExhumeToConsume

    Such hellish noise! I'm in love.

    1 Jan 3:38pm Reply
  • Illest_Villain

    this is some scary shit

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Razielek

    SPK + Diamanda Galas + Hermann Nitsch

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    Curti! Me lembrou um pouco Swans...

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
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