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The W - Music - SLCR #366: The Pack a.d. (October 2, 2022)
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Here’s a show where I don’t know the band that well and I don’t have much to say apart from “we went out and it was nice.” Are we really back to normal?

I kind of know The Pack a.d. I’ve even seen them before - 7 years ago, which seems both impossible and pretty obviously accurate. Loud, fun, more of a Mika show than a James show but not in a bad way. I expected more of the same and that’s what we got.

We showed up fairly early and attendance was… well, we didn’t have to look hard to find parking. A theme that’s come back time and again this year and one I’m tired of. Go to shows. If you can afford it. And if you feel comfortable doing so. And probably like 20 other qualifiers. I do get it, as much as I want to pretend otherwise.

The opener was a local duo called Spoils, or possibly The Spoils, both were said. There are multiple bands by this name (both with and without the the), so if you’re looking for them, you’ll need to narrow it down by location - though doing so turned up a Bandcamp page with one (1) song on it, so you won’t get much of a taste. Loud, guitar-driven rock that would seem to pair nicely with The Pack a.d., though it started off not being my thing. I came around somewhat by the end of it. Not sure if they got it together or if I did. Probably me. Mika liked them and she has better taste than I do.

The Pack a.d. was more to my liking. I only know a handful of their songs but they played them all and the set flew by.

This was their last show of 2022 and I did sense what Mika later called some “end of the tour vibes.” It felt like maybe a little fatigue was setting in. Not in terms of the performance, which was great. I just had a sense that maybe they were tired and ready to be off the road for a bit. Or maybe I’m imagining things.

I look forward to seeing them again in 2029 and having a delightful time and having nothing to say about it.
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