The Pack A.D. Lake Stage, Guelph ON, July 27

The Pack A.D. Lake Stage, Guelph ON, July 27
Photo: Atsuko Kobasigawa
Vancouver garage-rock duo the Pack A.D. had barely landed on Hillside's Lake stage before they took off on their high-octane, 12-song set. Singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller filled the space with loud, raucous energy despite their numerical brevity, and the set was tight and action-packed. The dozen songs were stylistically similar, as noted by Miller during one of her few hilarious quips between songs. "This next song is gonna sound like the last one, because we're the same band," but no one seemed to mind as the duo's straight-forward sound was more than enough to keep the crowd entertained.

Set highlights included a cover of "I Got You" by Split Enz, followed by "Deer" from 2010's We Kill Computers, with Miller's rhythmic thumping and Black's strong vocals and catchy riffs working together to enrapture the audience. The set concluded with "Sirens" from the band's 2011 album, Unpersons, with a killer riff and sing-along "ooh ooh" chorus to end their set with as much vigour as they had to begin with. The Pack A.D. proved that they can rock hard, and their garage rock sound with a dash of blues was captivating and fun.

Check out our gallery of photos from Hillside 2013 here.