The Vancouver garage rock duo The Pack AD have had a wild 14 years. Last year, the two band members, Maya Miller (drums) and Becky Black (guitar and vocals) announced they were saying farewell to fans with a cross-country tour.
They have experimented with several musical genres including garage rock, pop, punk, blues, psychedelic rock and rockabilly. Their website bio describes their sound as a "fearless Franken-blend of heavy psychpop/garage-rock.”
They are scheduled to appear on May 28 in Toronto, Ontario at the Horseshoe Tavern at the start of the tour and end on June 13th in Milwaukee, WI.
This tour is meant to coincide with the release of their eight and final album for the foreseeable future, It Was Fun While It Lasted on April 17.
It Was Fun While It Lasted.
Hear a sneak peak of that album with first single "Give Up" here.
In a recent statement, drummer Maya Miller described their new song Give up by saying “This song really lays bare all the frustration and depression that has become part and parcel of doing what we love.”
Miller also described their time in the music industry by saying, “we've been a band for so long, and it's very insular in so many ways, especially when you're a duo. It is this Us vs The World feeling.”
Although this is currently the band’s last album for awhile, the band clarified saying, "just so you know, this doesn't mean we're breaking up. We're not that dramatic."
Fans and critics have compared them to The White Stripes, The Kills, and The Black Keys, but they evolved the more albums they made.
Even thought they now have eight albums, they are still receiving praise for their seventh album, Dollhouse. Award winning writer and activist Ivan Coyote described it their songs as “carefully crafted chaos. They are deliberately designed depictions of all the hope and the despair that making music for a living both brings to, and exacts from, an artist's body and… heart.”
Coyote went further when describing the music. “There is fatigue in the words, and frustration too, but the drums are still relentless, and the guitar still wails and never gives up early. I can hear how much both musicians have grown, both instrumentally and lyrically, and there is more nuance here, and double meaning, and humour in the dark." The full bio written by Coyote is available here.
The band will continue to tour in the U.S. and Canada. Their European tour is being rescheduled.
See below for tour dates.
May 28 Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON
May 29 27 Club - Ottawa, ON
May 30 Turbo Haus - Montreal, QC
June 2 ONCE - Somerville, MA
June 3 Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
June 5 Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
June 6 Northside Tavern - Cincinnati, OH
June 7 Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
June 8 Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA
June 10 Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
June 11 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
June 12 Brickhause Tavern - Stevens Point, WI
June 13 Back Room - Milwaukee, WI