This week our crush is the daredevil behind the drums of The Pack A.D., Maya Miller!
I’ve been obsessed with the Pack A.D. pretty much since I started writing about music. I’ve had the incredible luck to see these B.C. natives live multiple times and their show is fire each and every time. Their stage dynamic is so entertaining, with Becky coming out her shell to shred on the guitar and belt thought provoking lyrics. Between bouts of pounding the skins, Maya comes out from behind the kit with hilarious and engaging stage banter, giving Becky’s voice a break. I always loved watching Becky smile to herself, tuning her guitar as Maya cracked another joke, before transforming back into her rock goddess self to melt our faces with another killer Pack A.D. tune. And with 4 albums under their belts, there are a lot of face melters to choose from.
Now the Pack A.D. is back with a brand new album. Called Dollhouse, this record represents the band reaching another plateau, sonically, emotionally and lyrically. That growth embodied in the first single of the same name. When asked about “Dollhouse”, singer/guitarist Becky Black said, “We live in a dollhouse. A tiny, warm, fragile bubble. We exist only because it exists. We are confined to it, as we are confined to our individual minds. The instability of our current climate, both political and global, should be enough to unnerve anyone. Whether we choose to accept and believe this reality, collectively, and make the necessary changes… That is a great unknown. May you live in interesting times, indeed.”
Dollhouse the album is a representation of the time and place that it was written and recorded. There’s a gloom over the 9 song, 30 minute long album, and it’s no wonder why. Anyone with an internet connection or a TV can’t help but feel the turbulence of the time we live in, be it politically, socially, and most definitely emotionally. Dollhouse was also recorded Raincity Recorders, smoke and ash covering the sky as B.C. suffered through one of its worst wildfire seasons ever. This album is an excercise in both inward and outward reflection. The dollhouse concept being, according to Becky, “both a reminder of the closed ecosystem we all inhabit, the grander scale, and the miniscule confines of our individual minds, neither of which we can escape from,”as Black explains. The anxiety of existing is a throughline in the lyrics on Dollhouse.
The video for “Dollhouse” is visceral. Becky commands the screen on her own, her face showcasing a wave of emotions, raw and bared to the world. Watch it here:
We got the chance to hear about Dollhouse from Becky, as we gazed upon her face in this emotional video. Now let’s check in with Maya to have a laugh and hear her take on romance.
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
What’s your instant deal breaker?
Bad shoes, no sense of humor, ending all sentences with a question mark.
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
Shaved their arms.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
Do not listen to my advice.
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
Mix tapes (cd’s) and paper ephemera.
Dollhouse drops this Friday, October 13th, and the Pack A.D. will be in Toronto October 12th to remind fans of how awesome they are. From there they’ll be continuing on their tour. Check out the dates below to see if they pass through your city. And keep up with them on social media and their website!
Dollhouse Tour 2017
Oct 12 Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
Oct 13 The 27 Club – Ottawa, ON
Oct 14 Turbo Haus – Montreal, QC
Oct 17 Warehouse – St. Catherine’s, ON
Oct 18 Mill’s Hardware – Hamilton, ON
Oct 19 Call The Office – London, ON
Oct 20 Red Dog – Peterborough, ON
Oct 21 Moustache Club – Oshawa, ON ****
Oct 25 The Magic Bag – Detroit, MI
Oct 26 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
Oct 27 Brickhause Tavern – Stevens Point, WI
Oct 28 The Lift – Dubuque, IA
Oct 29 The Aquarium – Fargo, ND
Oct 30 The Entry – St. Paul, MN
Nov 1 Amigo’s – Saskatoon, SK
Nov 2 The Krossing – Red Deer, AB ****
Nov 3 Commonwealth – Calgary, AB
Nov 4 Doc Willoughby’s – Kelowna, BC
Nov 24 The Doug Fir – Portland, OR ****
Nov 25 The Bartlett – Spokane, WA ****
Nov 26 HIFI – Eugene, OR ****
Nov 29 Casbah – San Diego, CA ****
Nov 30 The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA ****
Dec 1 The Crepe Place – Santa Cruz, CA ****
Dec 2 Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA ****
Dec 7 Sunset Tavern – Seattle, WA ****
Dec 8 Rickshaw – Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 9 The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA ****