Exploring concepts close to the heart often treat us to an experience saturated with colourful emotion. The fourth studio album from underground prog outfit Heronimus Fin, entitled ‘The Pharmacist’ is another performance by them that is anchored by heavily thematic lyrical content.
This tale on offer is a loose parallel to the personal experiences of band member Jonathan Buxton’s own experience with prescription medicine and the addiction that it can cause.
Heronimus Fin are gathering notoriety in their own right, and are regular high features in Record Collectors Magazine’s ‘500 most collectable artists’, and this piece was co produced at Woodbine Studios, Leamington by John Rivers (who did The Specials – Ghost Town/ Ocean Colour Scene). The physical release of the album also feeds into their collectability boasting an impressive gatefold vinyl and glitter-stardusted cassette release.
The band stand true to their interpretation of the prog-rock spectrum, which is characterised by English eccentricity draped with shades of Neal Morse amongst others. Expansive, but never laboured, instrumental sections encapsulate ‘The journey’ and flesh out an atmosphere that has every feel of taking you along for the ride. Cursive tempo changes ensure that what traverses is turbulent but simultaneously calmed lyrically.
The concept highlights the dangers of the solution becoming an ailment itself. Even the album’s cover reflects this showing the chemical compound for Fentanyl, a composite of Morphine that is synonymous with its potentially deadly notoriety. This clearly remarks upon an understanding of the dangers being at the forefront of what’s on offer here.