The Pack A.D.
at Sneaky Dee’s (431 College), Friday (March 7), 11 pm.
Who: Vancouver two-piece Maya Miller and Becky Black dish out blues-drenched rock and roll that makes floor stomping and drunken swaggering inevitable.
Why: The Pack A.D. sound like a jealous lovers’ brawl – think White Stripes without the gimmick and with tighter drum fills. Black spits gritty lyrics and moans like she’s spent her last dollar on cheap whisky. The guitar-driven, aggressive rhythms move between desperation and seduction, and just when you start to settle into Black’s smooth riffs, Miller’s pounding kick pedal erupts with well-timed ferocity.
Buzz factor: The Pack have just begun their second major tour, hitting towns across Canada and the States and showcasing at this year’s SXSW. Their LP Tintype was recently picked up by Vancouver’s Mint Records following a year of independent promotion. Already topping radio charts across Canada, the Pack A.D. have that rare power that forces awe-induced listening. Hopefully, they’ve got staying power, too.