The Pack A.D
The sixth studio album from Canadian garage rock duo The Pack A.D may be titled Positive Thinking but it is darker and more despairing than their previous work. Arriving two years after the radio-friendlier Do Not Change, an album that was considered their weakest by many fans of the gritty blues rock act, guitarist/vocalist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller have returned with their most personal and fist-pounding album yet. Co-produced by Jesse Gander (White Lung, Japandroids), the album explores “the numbing day-to-day routine of depression and the fantastical ways that we look to mask it from ourselves and others”, Miller has said. Single So What opens the album in explosive fashion, only to be outdone by the rollicking punk of Yes I Know, Black belting out the chorus with a raspy anger over a thunderous groove. Even when the pace dips, as on the melodic Sorrow and the brooding closer, Fair Enough, The Pack A.D still mesmerise with raw, controlled chaos.