There’s a relentlessly brooding power and bruised melodicism emanating from the Pack A.D.’s sixth full-length, Positive Thinking (Cadence), that belies the album’s cheery self-help title. Drummer Maya Miller admits that she and guitarist Becky Black intended a certain irony in the LP’s nomenclature. “It’s facetiously hopeful, which pretty much sums up our band.” says Miller. The Pack A.D. has always been foundationally blues based, with a detour into poppier territory on Do Not Engage. Over the past few albums, though, the band actively shifted toward psych rock, a major thread in the fabric of Positive Thinking. Miller will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our feature on the band.
Miller: I’ve missed a lot of TV shows in my life due to spending most of it without cable, and then in recent years, just too stymied by choice on Netflix. I lived and still do in Vancouver, where I knew people who were in and worked on X-Files, and yet I managed to never watch it. Hell, I even met Chris Carter who, by the way, shares the same birth month and date with me. Libras, for the win. But I digress; anyway, I’ve recently acquired the whole series and have been watching. It’s awesome. It’s edge-of-your-seat awesome at times even. It also feels creepily relevant right now as the truth is out there, just frustrated by lies.