The Pack A.D.’s Becky Black (left) and Maya Miller like their blues served raw.
It's almost noon in Nova Scotia, and Becky Black and Maya Miller - aka fiery Vancouver blues duo the Pack A.D. - are just getting their morning coffee from Tim Hortons. After a few minutes, Becky gets her bearings and talks about playing in the South, her sci-fi comic and making a horror movie. The Pack A.D. play with Shitt Hottt, Schomberg Fair and Speaking Tongues at the Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, September 11).
Your new album, Funeral Mixtape, sounds a lot more cohesive than your debut. Why do you think that is?
The first time around we were at a BBQ - where we played our first show - and someone said, "Hey, do you want to record your CD here?" We ended up recording six songs, thinking we'd release an EP. Then we wrote more songs, so we went back there a few months later. The album was sort of thrown together with all the recordings we did. This time we spent three days recording, three days mastering, we had 20 tracks and chose 11.
So you have a lot of songs left?
Oh, yeah. We've almost come up with enough songs for another album. Or maybe a B-sides double disc.
I hear you're working on a sci-fi comic?
That's another thing we're doing together. Maya had this story for years, and I'm working on drawing the characters. It's an alternate reality about über-neo-cool earth gangs - the Galaxy Girls and Banana Seat Boys.
And what's with the horror movie you two made?
It's a five-minute movie based on Japanese horror films. It's kind of gross. I'm eating intestines.
Will it ever see the light of day?
Nope. It won't be anywhere for anyone. I think we're the only ones who own copies.