In the world of rock bands, there are few that can pull off what The Pack A.D. does with just two members. Guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller, return to Windsor this week for a fall rock show.
Since the last time the band hit Windsor, The Pack A.D. have alternated between touring and preparing their next collection of songs. “This is the last tour supporting our previous album, Unpersons,” said Black, adding laughingly, “We’re milking it.”
In their time off from touring, the band has been in the studio with producer Jim Diamond. “We’ve already recorded half of the new album,” said Black. One notable thing to watch out for on the new album will be the continuing evolution of drummer Maya Miller’s role in the band. “For most of our band career I was the only singer,” said Black. “On the last album she sang back-up on a few tracks, now she’s singing all the time.”
The Pack A.D. is often compared to other two-piece bands. For all the minimalist value that a two person line-up can bring, there’s often the urge to expand. Big two-piece acts like The White Stripes and The Black Keys have experimented with bringing other musicians and instruments into the studio and on the road.
Black admits that it’s an idea the band has mulled. “We have talked about possibly a bass player or a keyboardist, bringing someone on the road,” she said.
Black stresses that any adjustments to the band would not come at the expense of the line-up fans of The Pack have come to expect. “[We would bring someone in] as a stand in, not a member of the band. We’d still want to bea duo,” she acknowledged. “It might never happen. Between the two of us, we’ve talked about a lot of things and don’t do a lot of things.”
The Pack A.D. plays Phog Lounge on Saturday, Oct. 27 with Toronto’s Topanga and the recently reunited Windsor band Salt of the Chief Cornerstone.