While not as bluesy as their earlier works or as ferocious as their most recent works, their latest splits the difference yet also has a softer sound, though no less menacing.
The Vancouver based duo of drummer Maya Miller and guitarist / vocalist Becky Black provide a lot of tortured melodies and grinding guitar riffs on songs like “Animal.” and the highlight “the Water.”
They have a Pixieish feel on several tracks of noisy, grinding rock music.
They don’t play fast , but they play powerfully, making every chord count on tracks like the first single “Battering Ram,” and “Stalking is Normal.“
One of the more catchy numbers “ Big Shot” which sounds like it stepped right out of the early ’90s, would be a hit for them in a different world.
“Creeping Jenny” is another grinding highlight.
They slow down a little on “the spooky “ the Flight,” on which they added a lot of echo to Becky Black’s voice backed by a menacing guitar rhythm and martial drum beats.
They show a more sensitive, yet still spooky sound on “Loser” as Black mourns “ Let the solitude swallow me” which also has a lot of echo on her voice.
It is another grunge era influenced song which is reminiscent of Radiohead’s first big hit “Creep.”
There are a lot of slower songs on this CD including “Needle.” and the mid tempo rocker “Rocket,” which allows Black to show off her strong voice.
I always enjoy the more rockier tracks, but “Do Not Engage,“ shows off another, perhaps more introspective side of the Pack‘s personality.
The Pack A.D. continue to grow.
Band: The Pack A.D.
Genre: Alternative rock