Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thrill Jockey is pleased to officially announce the release of Sun On Sun

The second full-length from Virginia's Pontiak on September 9th. Following shortly on the heels of their limited 12" split with Arbouretum, "Kale" (a collection of new originals and John Cale covers), this collection of songs find the three brothers getting comfortable with their psych tinged southern rock roots. Having already shared the stage with Endless Boogie, Nadja, Grails, Psychic Paramount, Wye Oak and Wolf Eyes, keep an eye out for an extensive tour with label and sound brethren Arbouretum this fall!

"Pontiak straddle a wide sonic rift valley, with references that stretch from the southern latitudes of Spain's Viaje A800 to the northern majesty of Black Sabbath and Harvey Milk via the Doors." - Julian Cope

Pontiak is made up of three brothers from the Blue Ridge farm country of Virginia, Van (guitar, lead vocals), Lain (drums, vocals) and Jennings Carney (bass, organ, vocals). Their music is swaggering guitar rock that straddles the line between a power trio and something far more expansive in sound and scope. Their broad song structures allow ample room for three-part vocals, drums, organ and stellar slide and lead guitar to stretch and captivate. Songs roll along with an effortless synchronicity despite their extremely varied textures.

Sun On Sun, their second full-length album, was recorded in a log cabin just north of Charlottesville, Virginia in about four days. The thick wooden walls of the structure reflected a lot of sound that gave the recording a sharp biting quality. Each string pluck from Van's guitar can be heard soaring above the rich ethereal reverb that coats tracks like "White Mice" and "The Brush Burned Fast". The wilderness surrounding the cabin and the appreciation for it that the brothers share can be heard seeping into every track. From start to finish, Sun on Sun evokes the nature that surrounds the brothers from the rolling meadows, to the dense woods, from the early morning solitude of the rural farmer, to the open and endless night sky. The psychedelic organ flourishes of "Tell Me About" and the bass heavy churn of "Shell Skull" keep the album grounded in the rock tradition, never wandering too far from the epic and at times heavy trail that the brothers are blazing.

Pontiak's other releases include their debut album, Valley of Cats, on their own Fireproof Records and the soon to be released Kale (July 2008), a split LP with kindred spirits Arbouretum, built around a mutual admiration for John Cale. Pontiak delivers a potent cover of "The Endless Plain of Fortune" and a great new interpretation of "Mr. Wilson," along with two new originals. Kale was recorded at Pontiak's studio on their farm.

Pontiak toured in June with their friends Wye Oak (Merge) and have plans to tour this summer/ fall with Arbouretum in support of Kale and Sun On Sun.


01 Shell Skull
02 Swell
03 White Hands
04 White Mice
05 Sun On Sun
06 Tell Me About
07 The Brush Burned Fast

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