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Almost Six from Pack

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Almost Six from Pack

But Pack’s name has landed on rock bills lately, with a new record, new moniker ( The Royal Treatment ), and a new guitarist ( Phil Fuson ), leading us to wonder if he kissed the wife goodbye, put those kids in daycare and joined the rock ‘n’ roll circus.

Not exactly. Seems Pack’s fire for the rock machine has rekindled, and he’s hitting the scene like a man two-thirds his age.

“In the past few years I almost gave up completely on the notion of gigging,” says Pack, a veteran of local ‘80s bands of legend as Pegclimber and The 1-900s . “At the end of the night I was missing something, and after a band dissolves, and you don’t take the time to record, you really have nothing to show for it.”

Rather than stemming his prolific tide altogether, Pack wrote, recorded and posted four records in three years on Lynnpoint Records’ website. To the Quick , Paperbacks—School of Discovery , and Red Radio got the ball rolling, but it’s been The Royal Treatment that pushed some sort of button in Pack’s musical cohorts. “People [started] calling to see if we wanted to gig, and I, of course, have to say yes.” When Robbie Trosper of The High Score came a-knockin’, Pack agreed to play anytime he called, and they have.

If previous live outings left Pack unsatisfied, recent gigs have revved his engine. The chemistry is clicking like crazy with his bandmates and the crowd. “We’ve kind of found our notch,” he says. “When we show up to a gig we’re genuinely glad to see each other, and when we play we have a great time, and it shows.” Pack says he’s never been as comfortable performing as at the Sept. 16 show opening for Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere at Barley’s. “That was super. We’ve made some new fans, and that’s a new thing for us.”

In addition to increasing his band’s visibility, Pack is nearly done making record No. 5 with former Pegclimber bandmate Shane Ivy . “It’s a fairly hard rock record but still has good melodies and stuff,” he reports. He’s writing material for a sixth record, and Mic Harrison (formerly of The V-Roys and Superdrag ) asked him to assist with his next record. That spells busy times for Mr. Pack. So, how’s his family taking all this?

Kimberly and the kids are really cool with everything that goes along with a rehearsing band,” says Pack, whose kids sleep through the downstairs racket. “I guess it’s like growing up next to a train track, and you just don’t know the difference ‘cause that’s the way it’s always been.”

Stewart Pack and the Royal Treatment will satisfy audiences next on Oct. 21 at the Corner Lounge with the Tim Lee Band and Senryu .

 

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