Fri, Mar 28, 2014.
Here's a question: Why does the two-person, guitar and drums outfit always pack more punch than the rest of the bands out there? Just sayin', but my take on it is that they start out with that exact plan, to make as big a sound as they can, despite the limits. Subtleties be damned, in other words. The Vancouver duo have been pounding away at it since 2007, and have already ripped out five full albums, the latest, Do Not Engage, out this past January. Now they hit the province with shows this weekend.
Becky Black handles the guitar and most of the vocals, while Maya Miller joins on drums, some singing and moniker alliteration. Chuck out the Stripes comparisons now; if they were into heavy blues, that was so last decade. The new album combines punk rawness with dreamy vocals and guitar that moves from droning to massive. There's lots of attitude, such as found on Big Shot: "Well you're a jerk, quite a piece of work/I think its fun that you're so dumb." There's no questioning the duo's confidence, musically and lyrically, and this is empowering all the way around. Betcha it rocks live. Time to find out.
You can catch The Pack A.D. in Fredericton, Friday, March 28 at the Capital, and then Sunday they'll be in your face at the Tide & Boar in Moncton.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).