Pharma Bums is the songwriting project of Minneapolis-based artist Nick Baker (Maria & the Coins, Fragile Canyons, Yarp, Francis Emil Johnson). The band features bassist Karl Remus (Lucid VanGuard, 26 Bats!), keyboardist Zaq Baker (Zaq Baker, Maria & the Coins), and drummer/engineer Christian Wheeler (Jillian Rae, Christian Wheeler & His Band, Lucid VanGuard, 26 Bats!).
Pharma Bums formed in early 2017 and regularly played clubs and DIY venues in the Twin Cities circuit until the end of 2018, self-producing their debut album Mood Poisoning in relaxed, caffeinated sessions on days between shows. Mood Poisoning was initially released on a limited number of physical copies. Pharma Bums finished the end of a good run by heading to a studio on a farm in Auburn, Iowa to record several unreleased tracks before an amicable disbanding due to band members' variety of demands with various projects. As of the hiatus, Mood Poisoning and the untitled Auburn sessions remained largely unheard by the public, and all four members turned their focus to other projects.
Two years later, during the sixth month of coronavirus lockdown, away from the stage and with fresh ears from a few years' passing, the band decided to remix and remaster the original Mood Poisoning recordings and opt for a more expansive release. The band hopes you enjoy the upcoming singles and the full release of the remastered album.