Upcoming Sacred Bones Releases: Pharmakon, Institute, Cult of Youth, Dream Police

Written by on September 18, 2014


Popular Brooklyn independent record label Sacred Bones Records is even busier than usual right now, with four major releases coming up, each of which is carrying enormous promise.

On October 14th, the label will be releasing both death industrial/power electronics artist Pharmakon’s sophomore album, Bestial Burden, as well as Austin post-anarcho-punk band Institute’s debut EP, Salt.

Pharmakon’s debut, Abandon, was well received, and the debut single from Bestial Burden, “Body Betrays Itself”, has already received a Best New Track nod from Pitchfork. Pharmakon’s music could easily be described as terrifying, channeling the same raw power used by acts such as Suicide and Diamanda Galas.

Institute is a recent addition to the Sacred Bones roster, but they’re an incredibly promising act.  Title track “Salt” is a ripper, with a cool, driving bass riff and ragged, miffed, nonchalant vocals.  As a side note, Institute will be supporting Merchandise at Walters this Sunday (you can purchase tickets here), so you might want to check out that show.

On November 11th, they’ll be releasing post-industrial/neofolk/punk band Cult of Youth’s new album, Final Days, and the debut album of Dream Police, a side project of Nick Chiericozzi and Mark Perro of the Men.  Based on the first track leaked from Final Days, Cult of Youth, like fellow labelmates Amen Dunes and Lust for Youth, have taken major strides in their sound.  Clear production, fast, aggressive playing, and passionate vocals all come together for what may be their most promising track yet.  Also, supposedly, “real human bones were used on this [album] and a portion of the lyrics were written in jail”.  Dream Police’s Hypnotized also has me interested.  The Men’s Tomorrow’s Hits earlier this year was a great album, and the leaked title track is pretty fascinating, combining clear, rock style guitar with dance music style bass and drum machine to create a unique sound.

All four releases are available for pre-order here on the Sacred Bones Records website.

Listen to Pharmakon’s “Body Betrays Itself”:

Listen to Institute’s “Salt”:

Listen to Cult of Youth’s “Empty Faction”:

Listen to Dream Police’s “Hypnotized”:


By Travis Shosa

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