The Pack A.D. – Funeral Mixtape [Album Review]

by Woody on April 9, 2009


Down in Austin, I ran into Parker from Radio Moscow and he said he was on his way to see The Pack AD. Since Parker has great taste in music, I filed that name away in the ol’ brain and, once back in Chicago, fell in love at first spin. The Pack AD are two Canadian chicks firing up dirty blues-punk mix. Sweet Jesus man, this was like a prayer being answered.

Funeral Mixtape gave me the same funny feeling that I had after hearing The Heartless Bastards for the first time. It’s like meeting a cute girl for the first time in junior high mixed with being run over by rusty ’72 Ford pickup. The Pack AD consist of Becky Black on guitar/vocals and Maya Miller on drums. Black belts out lyrics like she’s trying to get poison out of her body and the unbridled fury and passion she delivers verse after verse is exhausting and exhilarating at the same time.

I was enjoying the disc just fine up until the third tune and that’s when it turned into lust. The blues boogie on “Making Gestures” digs straight down to the core of your being. Other standouts include “Shiny Things,” “Oh Be Joyful” and the delightfully slow, bluesy closer “Worried.” The ladies are on tour all over the US and Canada.

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The Pack A.D. – Making Gestures

Video: The Pack A.D. – Making Gestures

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oddbodkins April 10, 2009 at 7:11 am

Yeah, definitely one of my top five from last year. i can’t wait for them to hit DC shortly. i equate them to a female Black Keys. Less balls to the walls, more boobs to the tubes, i guess.

Patrick April 12, 2009 at 6:24 pm

I gotta hold of this album via guilt-torrent. Was then glad to see great similarities with an aussie 2-piece ‘The Fumes’. Is that a resonator she uses?

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