Pharmacose is a collaborative alternative rock project hailing from Jacksonville, FL, that combines steadfast analog sounds with cutting edge flair. The project — whose name is a portmanteau of “pharmaceutical” and “comatose” — consists primarily of Wes Jones on vocals and rhythm guitar, and Lucio Rubino on bass. Frequent collaborators include Kevin Horne on lead guitar and Alberto Cruz on drums. They have previously released material under the name Digital Array.
Jones, a Memphis native, formed Pharmacose with bassist Lucio Rubino shortly after moving to Florida in 2017. Rubino is a veteran producer who has collaborated with Paramore, Grey Daze, Storyside B and The Showdown. Their creative process was chiefly inspired by Jones, a medical doctor, and his struggles with mental illness.
Drawing on such themes as reintegration to life in the wake of acute mental health episodes and the side effects of psychiatric medication, Pharmacose wields their brand of rock to let those suffering from mental illness know that they are not alone. The result is a powerful lyrical journey into the depths of existence that would appeal to fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Porcupine Tree, Starset, and The Mars Volta.
Confronting anger, shame and, ultimately, galvanising hope, Pharmacose advocates for the awareness of mental health. Through vibrant soundscapes suffused with riveting synth, the band hopes to empower people to seek help, push through, and move from isolation toward connection.