So says The Pack A.D. drummer Maya Miller of the process that led the hard-slogging East Vancouver
duo to its latest album and Nettwerk debut, Do Not Engage. And it’s hard to disagree. Long celebrated on
the fringes of Canada’s endlessly fruitful indie-rock scene as a feral live act non pareil and a band
destined to eventually make that one record that finally puts it over the top, The Pack A.D. has delivered
the album that should finally, genuinely – yes – put it over the top.
Do Not Engage reunites The Pack A.D. with Detroit producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Electric Six,
The Mooney Suzuki, Dirtbombs), a friend-turned-collaborator who insisted upon working behind the
boards for Unpersons – a record that would go on to earn the band its first Juno Award nomination in
2013 for “Breakthrough Group Of The Year” – and has proven himself something of an ideal “ghost” third
member by coaxing Black and Miller to their finest work yet on Do Not Engage.