Thrill Jockey’s foray into spooky psychedelia couldn’t ask for better spirit guides than these three brothers from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Jennings, Van and Lain Carney recorded Sun On Sun in a log cabin, and from the sound of it, Jim Morrison is alive and well inside the Black Lodge, and the Bookhouse Boys just haven’t got a clue. When Pontiak isn’t evoking the Misfits in a K hole (“Shell Skull”) or filling a track with ghost-ship sounds (“Swell”), they’re doing an excellent job of resurrecting the Doors, burning any dashikis that may still be clinging to the skeletons, and making them walk the Earth as a sinister stoner-rock outfit adept at both blacklight riffing and country death songs.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 10.04.12 in Collections
After 20 years, Thrill Jockey is still nearly synonymous with the Chicago mid-'90s post-rock scene – an avant-garde crew that in broad terms includes Tortoise, Trans Am and the Sea And Cake. The imprint has also been hom...
By Mike Wolf on 02.22.12 in Reviews
It'd be hard not to have high hopes for Pontiak's new record - the band is comprised of three brothers who have been incredibly prolific in a short time, refining their potent rock sound while exploring the dark corners...
By Richard Gehr on 01.03.15 in Features
The couple talks about their playful new album 'Savage Imagination.'
By Richard Gehr on 10.14.14 in Reviews
The first two installments from Heat Leisure, the ongoing trance-rock collaboration involving Pontiak's three Carney brothers, Guardian Alien percussionist Greg Fox and Beach House guitarist Steve Strohmeier, were filmed...