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The Pack A.D. poised for a breakthrough with new release

With their 2011 release Unpersons, punky garage rockers the Pack A.D. attracted mainstream notice ("fantastically gritty," gushed NPR) previously unknown to the Vancouver-based duo.

Building on that attention – and at the same time playfully thumbing their nose at it – they're out with a new record, Do Not Engage – and poised for a breakthrough.

Their debut on Nettwerk Records, the album – out Jan. 28 – was produced by Jim Diamond (the White Stripes) and recorded in a former chicken-processing plant in Detroit. Maya Miller's determined drumming and Becky Black's fierce guitar playing and rich, at times ethereal, vocals combine for an explosive, exciting – and even accessible – release.

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The rhythmically powerful Airborne kicks things off, followed by the LOL lyrics of Big Shot: "Well, you're a jerk. Quite a piece of work. I think it's fun that you're so dumb." Tracks such as the lonely, lo-fi anthem Loser and the danceable Rocket are, dare we say it, catchy. And the closer Needles is some kind of beautiful. Prepare to engage.

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Western Arts Correspondent

Marsha Lederman is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver. She covers the film and television industry, visual art, literature, music, theatre, dance, cultural policy, and other related areas. More

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