PONTIAK shares anthemic, fuzzy ballad ‘Wildfires’ from INNOCENCE | UK & European tour dates

PONTIAK shares anthemic, fuzzy ballad ‘Wildfires’ from INNOCENCE | UK & European tour dates




“The acoustic track [Wildfires] bangs harder than most do electric, punching up the chorus with a singalong lead by the smokey voice of Van Carney” – Noisey

“Recalling the power and the glory of the Stooges and MC5” – Rolling Stone

Over the course of their almost decade long career, Pontiak have perfected a distinctive brand of pounding, fuzzy psychedelic music as propulsive as it is overwhelming. Their newest album which Uncut Magazine called “Gnarly. Loud. Sludgy” in a recent review, INNOCENCE (out 27th January) Pontiak have crafted their most absorbing and melodic work to date which is perfectly demonstrated on the mellow groove of ‘Wildfires“. Check it out for yourself below! The band is available for interviews.

Stream/Download: Wildfires

Pontiak recently announced a European tour starting this April and May. Full list of dates can be viewed below.

Ponitak European Tour Dates
Tue April 8th Zurich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
Wed April 9th Ravenna, Italy – Bronson
Thu April 10th Rome, Italy – Circolo Degli Artisti
Fri April 11th Conegliano (TV), Italy – Apartmanto Hoffman
Sat April 12th Torino, Italy – Spazio 211
Sun April 13th Brescia, Italy – Latteria Molloy
Thu April 17th Brno, Czech Republic – Boro
Sat April 19th Breclav, Czech Republic – Piksla
Sun April 20th  Linz, Austria – Kapu
Mon April 21st Usti Nad Labem, Czech Republic – Mumie
Wed April 23rd Leipzig, Germany – UT Connewitz
Thu April 24th Schorndorf, Germany – Club Manufaktur
Fri April 25th Koln, Germany – Privat
Sat April 26th  Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Sun April 27th Krefeld, Germany – Kulturrampe
Tue April 29th London, UK – Corsica Studios w/ Man Forever, Broken DC – tickets
Wed April 30th Brighton, UK – The Green Door Store – tickets
Thu May 1st Plymouth, UK – [venue TBC] Fri May 2nd Bristol, UK – The Exchange w/ Kogumaza – tickets
Sun May 4th Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
Mon May 5th Falmouth, UK – Beerwolf
Tue May 6th Ramsgate, UK – Music Hall – tickets
Wed May 7th Liege, Belgium – La Zone
Thu May 8th  Utrecht, Netherlands – DB’s
Fri May 9th Lille, France – La Malterie
Sat May 10th Reims, France – L’Appart Cafe
Sun May 11th Besancon, France – Le Passengers De Zinc


Out 27th January 2014 via Thrill Jockey
Available on LP / CD / DL

Artist profile page
INNOCENCE profile page

Lack Lustre Rush video

Pontiak – Lack Lustre Rush from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.


Pontiak on
Twitter / Facebook / Official website

Tour dates HERE

1. Innocence
2. Lack Lustre Rush
3. Ghosts
4. It’s the Greatest
5. Noble Heads
6. Wildfires
7. Surrounded by Diamonds
8. Beings of the Rarest
9. Shining
10. Darkness is Coming
11. We’ve Got it Wrong

“Gnarly. Loud. Sludgy” – Uncut
“Recalling the power and the glory of the Stooges and MC5” – Rolling Stone
“The guitar wig-outs recall the kind of space-rock explorations conducted in Hawkwind’s heyday” – The Skinny
“It’s [Innocence] a blistering, physical, two-minute bear-in-the-woods roar, and there’s a good chance it’ll give you whatever energy-jolt you need to finish your work day” – Stereogum
“Innocence shows a Pontiak on the top of their game” – Echoes and Dust

For a limited time, customers who pre-order INNOCENCE from Thrill Jockey will also receive a bonus CD containing the full, unedited 44 minute performance of Heat Leisure, which was recorded at the Carney farm in 2012 with Greg Fox (of Guardian Alien). This is the first time the performance has been available in its entirety. Watch the 18-minute short-film below.

Pontiak Heat Leisure Film from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

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 in 2014.

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PONTIAK shares anthemic, fuzzy ballad ‘Wildfires’ from INNOCENCE | UK & European tour dates