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A Dirty Dozen with WESLEY JONES from PHARMACOSE – February 2020

| 19 February 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Jacksonville, FL Alternative Rock Band PHARMACOSE has released the official music video for their single, “Checked Out.” Originally premiered on PureGrainAudio with a full interview with front-man WES JONES, “Checked Out” was directed by Kurt St. Thomas.” We get frontman Wesley to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

“Checked Out” is essentially about doing just that, checking out.  Personally, it’s about me getting over a bad manic episode that really changed the course of my life.  I was still trying to get my meds right, so I wasn’t feeling bad, but I wasn’t feeling very good either.  I wasn’t really too engaged in what was going on around me.  I was just playing video games and working.  My only real social outlet was Jiu jitsu.  I think there is a lot of existential angst in the song that might be better appreciated after listening to the song more than once.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Well, I started playing the violin when I was six, and played up through college.  I kind of let those skills lapse some as I got more into guitar.  I guess I was about 17.  I started really practicing and writing songs, and it just felt right.  The thing that really sticks out is learning how to play “Nutshell” by Alice in Chains.  That just felt so cool to me.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I mentioned earlier about learning to play “Nutshell.”   That would probably answer your question, but I’d also like to say that my dad had and in a way continues to have a huge impact on what I listen to.  He started me out on classic rock young, and then as I grew up listening to newer music like grunge and Nine Inch Nails, he’d be listening to the same stuff!  So he had a big influence on my taste.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

I mentioned Tool and Alice in Chains. I’d say The Mars Volta is in there. They’ve inspired me to maybe get into some more progressive stuff down the road. Nine Inch Nails really shaped my love for synthesizers. And I think you can maybe here some Queens of the Stone Age influence in a couple of our songs.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I’d love to do a song with Jerry Cantrell. The guy can do it all. It would be awesome to write a song with him. I really think having two voices in a song can give it something special, especially if there are some cool harmonies going on. And Jerry has been doing that for years.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I think a good way to describe our music is alternative rock with some synth elements. As far as content, we cover a lot of mental health topics. A few fans on social media have said that we are “dad rock.” We are a bit older, but that’s going a bit far!I think we have a modern sound, all things considered.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

I love being in the studio and creating music.It’s really the ability to be creative that keeps me coming back. It’s fun to listen to the songs now that they have been completed and think about how far things have come, and what kind of person I was back then. We’ve grown a lot as a group, and I personally feel that I have grown a lot as a person.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

When we’re hanging out it’s usually at Lu’s studio. He provides the refreshments. I think as far as singalongs, it’s a toss-up between Lu and Kevin. They seem to always be playing something during breaks. Sometimes it turns into a jam of a cover or something. Loads of fun!

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

I haven’t actually met a lot of famous people. First thing that comes to mind is meeting the Big Show several years ago (WWE wrestler). I wasn’t so much star struck as I was just in awe. The guy is huge!

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

My day job is being a medical doctor, so that’s really a dream job. But I’d like to continue to write and/or produce some day. That would be a dream job too!

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I was always interested in recording, but for years thought it was one of those things that you had to do in a big studio. I really wish I had discovered DAWs sooner. I only started using them about 8 years ago. I think I might be farther along if I had been using Logic or Pro Tools sooner.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

This is a tough one!  My favorite record is Jar of Flies.  From what I remember, they didn’t go into the studio having really written much, so they wrote and recorded it all at one time. I think it would have been awesome to have seen not only the recording, but to see the actual creative process.




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