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Pontiak: FREE MP3 and gigs!

August 19, 2010 by  

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Pontiak: FREE MP3 and gigs!

After their tour earlier this year with label mates White Hills, PONTIAK are hitting the road this autumn to promote their brand new full-length album Living, which is released on 6 September. Check them out live for glorious sludgy, riff-heavy, guitar-driven psychedelic rock with a deep, heavy soul. Let me know if you’re able to review, preview or cover in any way. Scroll down for more info…

FREE MP3 for “Young”
http://thrilljockey.com/assets/freedownload/Pontiak-Young.mp3

UK TOUR DATES (more to be announced)
Sat 23-Oct-10 UK Penryn Miss Peapod’s
Sun 24-Oct-10 UK Manchester Ruby Lounge
Mon 25-Oct-10 UK Glasgow Captain’s Rest
Thu 28-Oct-10 UK London Old Blue Last

Pontiak – Second Sun / Beach from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Thrill Jockey are pleased to present the new full length album from Pontiak called Living, which will be released in September here in the UK following limited edition, vinyl only album Sea Voids which was released earlier this year to coincide with their tour with White Hills.

Van, Lain, and Jennings Carney share a mom, and a Virginia farm house studio. They record themselves, book themselves, hold complex day jobs, and know their way around a working farm as well as an instrument. They like it loud and for Living, their fifth release in two years, they like it dirty. Their fifth album was recorded on an old reel to reel in the band’s home studio using two track tape. Unlike Sea Voids which was recorded in eight brief evening sessions and Maker which was recorded in mostly single takes, this album underwent a lengthy recording process over the course of four months. Just enough time for Isaiah Mitchell of Earthless to drop by and lay down some guitar. Living is connected to their previous recordings by the brothers’ affection for a thick as molasses guitar sound and a heavy bass that holds sway over the album, creating some delicious sludge.

Pontiak – Second Sun / Beach from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

In the era of single song downloads, Pontiak have created a record meant to be heard in sequence in its entirety. Start by spreading some “Young” on your toast. Slip into the deliberately paced “Algiers By Day” as it builds and teases and leaves you suspended in anticipation, only to be dropped into the unforgiving explosion of “And By Night”. The howling intro of “This is Living” is a great example of an essential element of Pontiak; textural contrasts. The softly sung and often melodic vocals and the pummeling instruments behind them. While the vocals on “Forms of The” and the instruments strike the same melodic tone, the contrast between it and the track that follows provides a certain degree of palpable tension. A non-too-subtle tension as “Thousand Citrus” starts with an extended buzz. Wood-shedders at heart, Pontiak are as relentless in their musical explorations as they are with their guitar attacks. They are happy about all those that have chosen to follow their travels, but would travel regardless. Their live show is earsplitting and yet the brothers are low key and soft spoken off stage. Unpredictable, unforgiving, and utterly individual. Simply put, our favorite kind of rock.

The album will be available on both CD and LP with the LP edition being limited to 1,000 copies on translucent gold vinyl.

Track List
01. Young
02. Original Vestal
03. Algiers By Day
04. And By Night
05. Second Sun
06. Beach
07. Lemon Lady
08. This Is Living
09. Pacific
10. Forms Of The
11. Thousands Citrus
12. Virgin Guest

Full European Dates (More to be announced):
Tue 12-Oct-10 POL Krakow Re
Wed 13-Oct-10 POL Warsaw Powi´kszenie
Thu 14-Oct-10 GER Berlin Jagerklause
Fri 15-Oct-10 SWE Malmo Debaser
Sun 17-Oct-10 DEN Copenhagen Lades
Mon 18-Oct-10 GER Cologne Tsunami
Sat 23-Oct-10 UK Penryn Miss Peapod’s
Sun 24-Oct-10 UK Manchester Ruby Lounge
Mon 25-Oct-10 UK Glasgow Captain’s Rest
Thu 28-Oct-10 UK London Old Blue Last
Fri 29-Oct-10 BEL Diksmuide 4AD
Thu 4-Nov-10 ITA Rome Circolo Delgi Artisti
Fri 5-Nov-10 ITA Madona Dell’Albero (RA) Bronson
Sat 6-Nov-10 ITA Pescara/Conegliano Veneto (TV) Wake Up / Zion
Sun 7-Nov-10 ITA Padova Unwound
Wed 10-Nov-10 AUS Vienna Arena






 

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