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Adarsha Benjamin
The Pharmacy will be performing July 13 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you

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Tell Me About That Song: Scott Yoder, Vocalist and Guitarist of Garage-Pop Trio The Pharmacy

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Adarsha Benjamin
The Pharmacy will be performing July 13 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Scott Yoder, vocalist and guitarist of Seattle garage-pop trio The Pharmacy, delves into musical bike ride epiphanies, hippie speedballs and New Orleans.

Song: "Josephine"

Album: Stoned & Alone

Release Date: Sept. '12

When it was written: Summer '09

Where it was written: New Orleans

Favorite line in the song: Dude, it's such a simplistic song. The lyrics are almost like a nursery rhyme. I'm happy with them but it's like 90 seconds and all the lyrics just kinda come as one unit. That being said, I do like the name Josephine. So the line "Josephine" is probably my favorite line.

Which part was the hardest to come up with: It all flowed pretty easily. I was out on my bicycle late at night, probably coming home from work, and I kinda just started singing to myself. It's pretty much exactly what I wanted it to be after I sat down with a guitar for like 10 minutes. The bridge was a little funny -- it's always fun to throw in a weird jazz chord. I think it's a diminished something...

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: Make it a little slower. It's always really hard to slow down in the studio. Usually everyone is jacked up on hippie speedballs (weed + coffee) and you wanna play it fast both because it's super fun and because you wanna get through it to move onto other stuff.

Odd fact about song: I used the amplifier from Nirvana's "Bleach" LP to do the long pick scrape sound after the bridge.

What was your inspiration for writing the song: It's a pretty straightforward vibe. I think I was bummed on some girl. Also there is a street called Josephine in New Orleans. I think its near the Race & Religious intersection.

When was your favorite time performing it live: We played it a few weeks after adding it to our set on a rented party boat in New York City. Everyone was jumping and swaying in time with the changes in the song as it gets fast and then breaks down.

What is the meaning behind the song: Well yeah, it is just a pretty simple song. I think that's why I like it so much. It's lyrics can be applied to anyone who's feelin a little bummed or ignored. It's just the poppiest thing ever, man.

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