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Pontiak - Sun On Sun [LP]

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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. Julian Cope described them
as, ''straddling 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.''
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.
Sticking with this tradition, the Carneys honed the songs that make up Sun On Sun
while touring and didn't waste much time tinkering in the studio. Most of the tracks
were recorded in only a few takes, if not the first and they strived to create an album
that flowed like a live performance. ''Swell'', which was written in the time it took
to record it, bleeds into the pounding rhythms and guitar swirl of ''White Hands''.
The title track was a song that had been written long before and road tested but
underwent a sudden metamorphosis in the studio, a happy accident if you will, that
the brothers have continued to build on since that moment.

1. Shell Skull
2. Swell
3. White Hands
4. White Mice

5. Sun on Sun
6. Tell Me About
7. The Brush Burned Fast

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