The Pack A.D.

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The Pack A.D.
The Pack AD.jpg
The Pack A.D. performs at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, September 2018.
Background information
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Garage rock, alternative rock, punk, psych rock, indie rock, blues rock
Years active 2006 (2006)–present
Labels Mint Records
Platinum / Cornflakes Zoo (France)
Nettwerk Music Group
Cadence Music Group
Website thepackad.com
Members Maya Miller
Becky Black

The Pack A.D. is a Canadian garage rock duo from Vancouver, British Columbia. Known for their explosive live performances and the ability to generate a massive sound with only two members, The Pack A.D. plays garage rock with an eclectic variety of genre influences including pop, punk, psychedelic, New Wave, and blues.[1]

History[edit]

Formed in 2006, The Pack A.D. consists of singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller. The duo released four studio albums on Mint Records.[2] When their contract with Mint expired, the duo signed with Nettwerk in April 2013.[3] They released their fifth studio album, Do Not Engage, on January 28, 2014.[4] After touring extensively, they were signed to Cadence Music Group (a rebranding of MapleMusic) in 2015, which also saw them writing and recording material for a new album, Positive Thinking, which was released August 12, 2016. On August 23 of the following year, while in the midst of a North American festival circuit, the band announced they would be releasing a new record, Dollhouse on October 13, 2017. On Sept 1, the band announced the first leg of yet another North American tour. Two weeks later, the band released an eponymous lead single for the record, Dollhouse, after teasing the single's release the day before via the band's Facebook page. In the early spring of 2018, the band embarked upon a European tour, then headed back to North America for a brief U.S. Spring tour. Currently, the band is slated for summer festival dates in Canada.[5]

Style and influence[edit]

Musical styles include garage rock, pop, punk and blues.[6] In the past, reviewers have compared the duo to The White Stripes, The Kills, and The Black Keys.[7] The band slightly evolved away from their raw early sound with their third album, We Kill Computers, and with their 2011 release, Unpersons. Their next two offerings, 2014's Do Not Engage and 2016's Positive Thinking, found them expanding their sound even further with psychedelic rock and rockabilly influences. Upon the release of their 2017 album, Dollhouse, the band's website bio describes their sound as a "fearless Franken-blend of heavy psychpop/garage-rock".[8] Both members cite literature and film as huge inspiration for much of their songwriting, especially science fiction and horror genres. These inspirations are also present in their highly stylized music videos, which are often violent and visually striking homages to beloved sci-fi films.[9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Tintype (2007)
  • Funeral Mixtape (2008)
  • We Kill Computers (2010)
  • Unpersons (2011)
  • Do Not Engage (2014)
  • Positive Thinking (2016)
  • Dollhouse (2017)[10]

EPs[edit]

  • Some Sssongs (2013)
  • Meta Animal (2015)

In popular culture[edit]

The song "Haunt You" was featured in the films The Collection (2012)[11] and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)[12]

The song "Everyone Looks Like Everyone" was featured in the debut episode of The Comedy Network's series Letterkenny.[13]

The song "Needles" was featured in the American television hit show Shameless.

The song "Yes, I Know" was featured on The CW's hit series Riverdale, as well as The WB series Animal Kingdom.

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart peak Album
CAN
Alt

[14][15]
CAN
Rock

[16][17]
2011 "Sirens" 3 37 Unpersons
2012 "Haunt You" 22 50
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/The-Pack-AD
  2. ^ "The Pack After Death". The Pack After Death. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  3. ^ Hudson, Alex (2013-04-10). "The Pack A.D. Sign to Nettwerk Records Ahead of New Album • News •". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2013-07-25.
  4. ^ Hudson, Alex (2013-10-16). "The Pack A.D. Detail 'Do Not Engage' • News •". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  5. ^ http://exclaim.ca/music/article/maplemusic_rebrands_as_cadence_music_group
  6. ^ "THE PACK A.D. | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  7. ^ "The Pack A.D. — Unpersons". ninebullets.net. Retrieved 2013-07-25.
  8. ^ http://www.thepackad.com/bio
  9. ^ Hughes, Josiah. "The Pack A.D. Announce 'Unpersons' LP". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
  10. ^ Voulez Vous Danser
  11. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1748227/soundtrack?ref_=tt_trv_snd
  12. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727776/soundtrack?ref_=tt_trv_snd
  13. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4762044/soundtrack?ref_=tt_trv_snd
  14. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - September 27, 2011". America's Music Charts. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  15. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - April 17, 2012". America's Music Charts. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  16. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock - October 4, 2011". America's Music Charts. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  17. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock - January 31, 2012". America's Music Charts. Retrieved January 31, 2012.

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