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The Pharmacy

Arena, 2010

Apart from making good music being fun is another well appreciated quality of bands. So when we watched some of The Pharmacy’s videos on YouTube, we just knew that the filming session will turn out joyful. You can for example watch them perform on a tree and skating on a (then burning) keyboard for Tropical Yeti Song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws5xpg41J1w&feature=related) and then showing some more lust for destruction in WAYDWYL (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UGsvR4b1Q4). After their Vienna concert we end up with the Seattle-based band in their van and as a result of our relaxed hanging out together the session gets more and more enriched by these pure and intimate moments, that you can not extort, but only keep waiting for and embrace them with open arms, when they happen to you as a filmmaker. The videos bring back lovely memories of an animated evening with this likeable foursome and their beautifully raw music from their latest album “Weekend” (if you watch out for the scarf in the back of the van, you will know where the album has its design from). If only we could stop whistling “Til Death Do Us Part” – lalala!

Camera
Sarah Brugner
Sound Recording
Matthias Leihs
Post production
Simon Brugner
Photography
Simon Brugner
Artist
The Pharmacy

Arena

www.arena.co.at/index.php

Arena is a cultural center and music venue in the industrialized district of Erdberg. Its beginnings hark back to 1976, when some thousand demonstrators gathered around the former St. Marx Auslandsschlachthof to save it from demolition and subsequent commercial use. While they were not able to save the huge building complex, the vast social movement did succeed in reaching the foundation of an autonomous cultural center on the smaller area of the former slaughterhouses, which represents today’s Arena. Presently Arena has integrated a wide musical spectrum to its programme for various crowds and commercial use. Yet Arena’s dictum “Love Music, Hate Fascism!” is more than a relict of old days as it is still the venue with the most punk concerts in town.