While they haven't achieved the same level of mainstream recognition as fellow Vancouver rock duo Japandroids, snarling garage-punk tandem the Pack A.D. may soon graduate from its longtime status as underground favorites. Guitarist/singer Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller first started plying their bare-bones blend of fuzzed-out riff rock and bluesy howl eight years ago. Early efforts stuck to the raucous path blazed by the White Stripes and the Black Keys, but by 2011's Unpersons, the pair had refined a unique approach to swaggering, tuneful blues-punk. New album Do Not Engage reunites the duo with renowned producer and former Dirtbomb Jim Diamond for a thoroughly ear-pleasing effort that doesn't sacrifice an iota of their trademark guitar grit.
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