The second full length musical excretion from Pandora's Toybox, the Grim Pills take you on a wild, bodily fluid filled romp through the Bleakshow, an annual festival of fools held at the Pandora's Toybox theme park. However, in the midst of this grand diversion of depravity, despotism, and even more depravity, one solitary detective seeks to find out the truth behind Morte McAdaver and his gang of misfits so he can shut the park down for good.
These are the words of Prometheus B. Subrick.
released 02 September 2012
All songs composed and authored by Morte McAdaver (A.K.A. Joshua Carrig).
All vocals performed by Morte McAdaver and Morgue Anne.
Pontius McRotten (David Hawkins) appears on Bar Stool Stiffs and Prying Demise as himself, so to speak. Partial credit goes to the Belligerent Bandersnatch.
Sexy Commercial Interruption vocals by Lilith Astaroth
Detective McSlab conceived and acted by Mike Mullen. McSlab makes an appearance in Carrion Carousel, WTHR, "Look at the Fucking Time" and Prying Demise.
Additional voice acting cast: Rick Lowell as the WTHR radio show host and the hulking bouncer in Prying Demise, Morte McAdaver as the Engineer Monster, and Luis Correa as the inexplicably enthusiastic translator/announcer in El Bestio Parasitario Del Barrio.
Group vocals in Bar Stool Stiffs and Her Place performed by Morte McAdaver, David Hawkins, Thomas Cyranowski, and Rick Lowell.
All guitars performed by Morte McAdaver.
All keyboards performed by Morte McAdaver, except for Trensch Mensch, and Bar Stool Stiffs, which were written and performed by Phantom Cyr (Thomas Cyranowski). Lachrymosa Sky keyboards written by Morte McAdaver and Phantom Cyr.
Guitar solos in Lachrymosa Sky written and performed by The Duke of Robbers (Robert Merowski).
All bass performed and composed by Pete Gelles, except on Trensch Mensch (Morte McAdaver), Lollipox, Clowntrodden, and Bleakshow (Benjamin Jon).
Drums on Bleakshow, Alternative Unlifestyle, Fraught With Apparel, Clowntrodden, Trench Mensch, El Bestio Parasitario Del Barrio, and The Living Inbred performed by Thaddeus Podonkowitz (Wesley Bourque).
Drums on Bar Stool Stiffs, Lachrymosa Sky, Boneshaft, The Grim Pills' Polka, Her Place, and Prying Demise performed by Prometheus B. Subrick (Rick Lowell).
Drums on Lollipox performed by Benjamin Jon.
Accordion on The Grim Pills' Polka and cello on Prying Demise performed by Taylor Galassi of This Way to the Egress.
Dierdre Stroyer returns in Prying Demise, voiced by Dominic Julian Collins.
Morte McAdaver would like to thank his sinful circle/terrible troupe of carnival comrades and partners in musical crime, both past and present for helping bring this and my other projects to life (and for putting up with me in general). All the magnificent friends I've made: Lilith Astaroth, Valerie Meiss and Hellblinki, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, Taylor Galassi, Sarah, and everyone in This Way to the Egress, Solomon and Amber of the Lobster Quadrille, Pete Gelles and Birch Hill Dam, Planetoid, Luis Correa, Rick Lowell, Thomas Cyranowski, Amanda Rose Smith, Ian and Stephanie Mulligan, Joshua Dreyfus, Benjamin Jon, Chris Addams, Dae Noctem and Era Nocturna, Nicole Hamidi and Vi,, Jessi Pysz, Dana Nova Darko, Seriah Askath, Arydaea Insanity, Genevieve and Psyche Corporation, Emily Lamkin, Hillarie Jason, Jacob Bell, Rebecca Meyer, Shauna Wallace and the Black Moon Lounge, and Dominic Julian Collins.
Finally, a very special thank you to the beloved women in my life: Lynn Moynahan, Allie "Frost" Casey, and Constantina Loukissas. You are amongst the finest strumpets this world has to offer, and I love you, always.
From Pete Gelles:
Thanks to Morte for asking me to be a part of this. Thanks to Maureen for the constant encouragement and enabling.
Something to the nature of "Phantom Cyr" is thankful to have had the chance to work with a group of exceptional musicians and is thankful for the support, care, and love shown to him by his friends and loved ones that continue to inspire him."
From Prometheus B. Subrick:
The first person I have to thank is none other than Mr. McAdaver himself, Josh Carrig. I thank him for giving me the time of day when I first met him over a year ago and I thank him for giving me my foot in the door to playing live and recording and all that fun stuff, whether it's in Sorrowseed, Pandora's Toybox, Blacksoul Seraphim, or other musical projects. Without him I'd probably still be just another bedroom warrior with no real set musical goals. I thank Michael Arcane of Ikkadian and formerly Dead Syndicate for being my go-to guy when it comes to drumming and music and band stuff and whatnot. Lastly, I thank everyone in Sorrowseed, Pandora's Toybox, and Blacksoul Seraphim for accepting me into their musical lives and thinking of me as a much better drummer than I actually am.
From Morgue Anne:
Thank you to my family who support my quirkiness and our crazy music! Thank you to Ben, with out you we
wouldn’t have a cd to force upon the world. Most of all thank you to all of our fans (or should I say minions),
if it wasn’t for you we wouldn’t be where we are today.