13 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Vancouver garage-punk duo of Becky Black (vocals, guitar) and Maya Miller (drums) offers up more filthy riffs, feedback, and ferocious vocals on its fourth full-length. Each album finds The Pack A.D. inching farther from the grimy blues of its first two releases without losing power or punch. Designed for high volume, the songs are stripped-down bursts of angst and attitude that find Miller mercilessly beating her cymbals and Black snarling about broken relationships as she adds thick chords and fuzzy guitar lines to these high-energy rockers. The relatively melodic and dynamic “Seasick” and “Pieces” offer some contrast to the minimalist attack of standouts like “Sirens,” “Rid of Me,” and “Take,” though most of the album fits a similar foot-stomping mold. Unpersons is big, loud, hook-filled fun.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Vancouver garage-punk duo of Becky Black (vocals, guitar) and Maya Miller (drums) offers up more filthy riffs, feedback, and ferocious vocals on its fourth full-length. Each album finds The Pack A.D. inching farther from the grimy blues of its first two releases without losing power or punch. Designed for high volume, the songs are stripped-down bursts of angst and attitude that find Miller mercilessly beating her cymbals and Black snarling about broken relationships as she adds thick chords and fuzzy guitar lines to these high-energy rockers. The relatively melodic and dynamic “Seasick” and “Pieces” offer some contrast to the minimalist attack of standouts like “Sirens,” “Rid of Me,” and “Take,” though most of the album fits a similar foot-stomping mold. Unpersons is big, loud, hook-filled fun.

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About The Pack A.D.

Following in the tradition of the Black Keys and the White Stripes, the Pack A.D. play a blend of rock and electric blues. The female duo is comprised of drummer Maya Miller and vocalist/guitarist Becky Black, both of whom left their previous Pixies-styled band to focus on bluesier music. After emerging in 2006 as one of Vancouver's more buzzworthy bands, the Pack A.D. signed with Mint Records in 2007 and released their debut album, Tintype, the following January. Funeral Mixtape, the duo's second offering, was issued eight months later. The group toured heavily in support of both releases and eventually returned to Vancouver, where the bandmembers holed up at Hive Studios and began tinkering with new sounds. Although still a blues band at heart, the Pack A.D. found themselves drawn to punk and garage rock, both of which steered the sound of 2010's We Kill Computers in a slightly different direction. After 2011's Unpersons, the Pack A.D. took a break from recording, and struck a new recording deal with Nettwerk Productions. For their first Nettwerk release, they recorded sessions in 2013 at Vancouver's Hive Studios, as well as Ghetto Recorders in Detroit, with producer Jim Diamond mixing the final product. The album, Do Not Engage, was released in early 2014. In May 2015, the Pack A.D. released a four-song EP, Meta Animal, which proved to be their last project for Nettwerk. In 2016, the duo struck a new record deal with Cadence Music Group and, after teasing with the hard-rocking single "So What," released their sixth studio LP, Positive Thinking, in November of that year. Just 11 months later, in October 2017, the Pack A.D. were back in the saddle with 2017's Dollhouse, which they supported with a tour of Canada and the American Midwest. ~ Andrew Leahey

ORIGIN
Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana
FORMED
2006

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