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KMA342 Pack A.D. – Funeral Mixtape

This scorching new release from the amazing Pack A.D. shoves you forward at gunpoint through the dirtiest, ugliest and most awesome blues this side of the Mississippi. It howls, it growls and it’ll make you yell with joyful abandon.

Once again Maya and Becky have offered up tasty slices of their juiciest best, grilled it all with J.D. BBQ sauce over an open flame and served it up piping hot for your grateful brain to devour. There’s no picking a favourite track here – this album completely rocks. We simply cannot stop listening to it.

Like the brilliant Tintype before it, Funeral Mixtape is a solid rump-shaker of a record that drips of sweat, energy, passion and the raw, pure power of the blues. Yet this record goes even another step, improbably upping the ante and lifting them still further above the rest. This pair makes a massive, tuneful and gritty sound that is so huge it’ll tear apart your speakers every chance it gets, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Just imagine the sheer enormity of these songs in a live setting… Oh man.

Long live the Pack A.D.! And our huge thanks to Mint for sending us this perfect disc for our review. Without a doubt it is the best record we’ve heard in ages.

Track Listing:
01 Blackout
02 Don’t Have To
03 Making Gestures
04 Shiny Things
05 Oh Be Joyful
06 Underground
07 June
08 Dannemora Blues
09 Build
10 Wolves And Werewolves
11 Worried

KMA268 Pack A.D. – Tintype

Long live Mint Records! Such awesome taste in music! Such HUGE generosity! Oh baby!

You see, they sent us this review copy of the awesome Pack A.D. record smack dab in the middle of a really trying week I was having at work. My boss was in Cuba for the week on holiday, leaving me and another guy (neither of us having been employed at this place more than two months) in charge of the whole damn show. To say that we were crazy-busy and more than a little out of our depths would probably be understatement of the year. So, when this treasure appeared in the KMA mailbox towards the end of that hellish week, I almost cried I was so happy.

Thank you, Mint Records! You rock!

And so does this record! Maya Miller pounds away at the drums with beautifully controlled abandon, and Becky Black sings with soulful power while playing raunchy guitar (and some Hardtack Saloon piano, too). This duo is so drenched in the blues, it’s scary awesome. I’ve played it all the way through four times already, and I just have to say: I love this record.

So, you’re probably thinking, hm, bluesy duo? OK, what about the White Stripes, Dead Boy & The Elephantmen, and the Black Keys? Yep, they’re all duos, they all play the blues, and they’re all awesome. And you’re not too far off the mark (except Pack A.D. is all girls, baby!). But without hesitation you should totally add the Pack A.D. to this distinguished list – and then some. Add them twice. Seriously. They rock.

Please note, they are not just copies of what’s gone before from those other bands, either. Nope. No way. They definitely have a sound all their own, all within this structure. These songs are just dripping with power and style, howling tales of depth and myth that left me riveted the whole disc through. Try it with headphones. Wow!

Describe them further? Gladly! They have a sound just like my favourite Fat Possum records, and folks, that’s about the highest compliment I can bestow ‘cos I sure do love me some Fat Possum musics! Yeah!

I couldn’t possibly pick just one highlight track from Tintype, since the disc is chock full of them, but if you were to hold me down and force me to pick (which is very unfair of you), well, Stray really rocked me, Bang would make the perfect late-night driving song, Got Up’s slide totally kicks ass, Bone Handle is simply amazing, and… oh hell, let me up already! This entire record really knocked my socks off. It’s wonderful to hear an album that can take a style as established as the blues and do something refreshing with it, in this day and age. They examine every aspect of the Delta, fast and slow, and still manage to make it their own. Brilliant.

Man, I can only imagine how awesome it would be to witness this pair in a live setting. And you can! They’re gonna be on tour beginning in March (even playing at the Mint Showcase at SXSW in Texas!), so get out there and see their show if you can. Take my word for it, if their live efforts have anywhere near the same power as this record does (and I’ll bet it does, in spades), you’ll be blown away by it.

Thank you so much once again, Mighty Mighty Mint Records (and Shena, you rawk!)! You really did make my week by sending this marvelous record. I’m gonna go spin it again.

Your mission, Faithful KMA Reader, is to run out and buy this record.

Right now.

Go, already!

And tell your friends!

Track Listing:
01 Gold Rush
02 All Damn Day Long
03 Snow
04 This Terror
05 Stray
06 Pilot’s Blues
07 Hardtack Saloon #1
08 What’s Up There
09 Bang
10 Paper Bag
11 Got Up
12 Cabin
13 Hardtack Saloon #3
14 Buyin’ My Way
15 Walk Ono
16 Hardtack Saloon #2
17 Bone Handle

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