Pontiak Discography


North America: Duncan Rich - The Bunce Group
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Europe: Tom Tippex
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"For all of their affinity for murky, sludgy sounds, Pontiak roars away with remarkable precision, pulling off that men-as-machine ethos quite convincingly. Maybe it's a sibling thing?" – San Francisco Bay Guardian

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. In addition to East Coast dates with Guardian Alien in December of 2013, the band will be touring the US and Europe following the album’s release.


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Pontiak caught up with Munchies- a new site from VICE all about food. Topics discussed include farm life, eating healthy on the road, and efficient ways to kill a chicken.
NPR featured live video of the recent Pontiak live set at KEXP
"Pontiak take what in the hands of a lesser band might land as forgettable classic-rock revival and shape it into precise, expertly executed, arena-worthy aural barbarianism." - The Stranger
Watch the recent Pontiak live set on KEXP Seattle
"Recalling the power and the glory of the Stooges and MC5, the cathartic and succinct anthem about getting twisted on South American hooch paves the way for Innocence." - Rolling Stone
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“All told, Innocence finds Pontiak in a place both refined and vividly experimental, reining in their unhinged psychedelic guitar blasts and mind-melting production with some of their most nuanced songwriting to date.” - All Music Guide
The world wants to hear from Pontiak, and both Echoes and Dust and Diffuser.FM answered our prayers with these amazing interviews about INNOCENCE.
“If ever you needed an album to blow out the cobwebs then this is it” - The Quietus
Pontiak made this excellent documentary for The Repeater. Step into the incredible DIY lives of the Carney bros.
SPIN premiered the video for "Lack Lustre Rush", a good example of how Van is the most fashionable cowboy in America.
“Timeless-sounding anthems signal new avenues of maturity for Pontiak that are wholly engaging.” - Paste
Stereogum recently premiered the "We've Got It Wrong" video.
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