Pontiak – Innocence

Image: 1586662 Pontiak is three brothers that grew up and live on farms in Virginia. Their lifelong
closeness yields uncommon musical understanding, creative collaboration
and personal camaraderie. Their singular combination of impressive work
ethic and boundless creativity pays off on their new album INNOCENCE.
From the explosive title track to the mellow groove of “Wildfires,” these 11
songs are some of the most absorbing and melodic material the band has
produced, without ever losing their signature heft. It was recorded in the
band’s Studio A in Virginia without the aid of computers.
When the band began to compose the songs that became INNOCENCE,
instead of employing their well-worn method of carving out melodic
passages from the squall of feedback and fuzz, the Carney brothers’
songs frequently began the process with a trio of vocals, often eschewing
instruments altogether as they wrote. Nowhere is this more apparent than
the melancholic ballads of “Wildfires” and “Darkness is Coming”. On
high energy, hook laden tracks such as “Lack Lustre Rush,” “Surrounded by
Diamonds,” and “Ghosts,” the distortion and the searing yet elegant guitar
lines hang on the brothers vocal melodies.
In addition to designing their own album artwork, the band films, edits,
and directs all their music videos, including the 18-minute short film entitled
Heat Leisure, which the band released in 2013. The film juxtaposed the
staid, oft silent beauty of historic Virginia farms, many of which were the
location of civil war battles, with the live bombastic beauty of a rock show.
The performance featured two new songs made in collaboration with several
guest musicians, including labelmate Greg Fox of Guardian Alien. The film
premiered as an official selection at the Chicago International Music and
Movies Festival.


INNOCENCE is the band’s first album since 2012’s Echo Ono
(Thrill 293) and features some of the band’s most absorbing
and melodic material yet
Pontiak will tour extensively in both the US and Europe
Pontiak’s releases consistently sell out quickly on vinyl and
each full length album has seen a rise in CD sales.
Three different videos (all made by Pontiak) will be serviced
to promote the album
Pontiak recently released an 18 minute short film entitled Heat
Leisure that features the band collaborating with Greg Fox
(Guardian Alien). The film premiered as an official selection
at the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival.
CD version in a four panel mini-LP style gatefold package with
spot UV gloss printing on cover. LP version also featured
spot UV gloss printing on cover, an artworked inner sleeve
and free download coupon. The first 500 LPs are pressed on
white vinyl, remaining copies on black
“This remarkably consistent trio continues to zigzag through
endless lilting grooves, let those vintage tube amps glow,
and humbly slaughter the by-the-books stoner metal faction.
Incandescence, in the age of flourescence.” – Under The
“A true psychedelic, stoner metal experience without all the
assorted clichés.” – Pop Matters Erhältlich ab 31.01.2014
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