Pontiak Living on LP + Download
Living is Pontiak's fourth full-length album, originally released in 2010. Sold out on vinyl for over five years, this re-issue is pressed on high quality virgin vinyl and packaged in a gatefold jacket featuring spot UV printing and a free download card.
Van, Lain, and Jennings Carney share a mom, a dad, 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 time, they liked it dirty.
Living 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.
In the era of single song downloads, Pontiak 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 here as they are with their guitar attacks.