|Origin||Blue Ridge Mountain, Virginia, USA|
|Genres||Indie, Hard rock, stoner rock, neo-psychedelia|
Pontiak is an American neo-psychedelic rock band of three brothers from the Blue Ridge Mountain area of Virginia: Jennings Carney (bass, organ, vocals—born 1978, Washington DC), Van Carney (lead vocals, guitar—born 1980, Washington DC) and Lain Carney (drums, vocals—born 1982, Washington DC). The band officially formed in January 2004. "Pontiak - Interview," The Jitty, May 13, 2011.
The band signed with Thrill Jockey in 2008. On February 6, 2012 they will be releasing their ninth album, Echo Ono, their seventh on Thrill Jockey. "Pontiak Find Joy Brotherly Love, Loud Guitars -- Top 100 Acts at SXSW 2011" Spinner, Mar 3rd 2011.
Their music is not easily classified. They have been compared to Harvey Milk, Black Sabbath, and Neil Young. Hopscotch Music Festival Also, My Morning Jacket, Sleep, (Psychedelic Wilderness: Pontiak and the Independent Life) Slint, Midlake, Crazy Horse, Mudhoney, and others. "Pontiak Living Review," BBC, Sept. 6, 2010. And: neo-psychedelic rock, '60s psych and acid rock, '70s progressive and proto-metal, and '90s stoner rock and indie rock. "Pontiak bio," MOG Here are more reviews: Pontiak Press.
Although family members played instruments, the Carney boys didn't grow up with plans to form a band. According to Van, "We haven't ever taken a lesson. Lain started playing the drums. Lain and I actually both started playing the drums together at the same time, probably around in 2000, maybe 2001, when we bought a drum set. Lain played the guitar as well. I was like 20, so Lain was about 17 or 18. This was really the first band we had ever done anything with.
"We've been playing with a bunch of different people, and we were like, 'Well, why don't we all get together and do this because we can? We know each other's sensibilities and we trust each other, so why not try that?' Jennings was living out in Colorado at the time, and it was just a very convenient time for him to move back. Then we all moved to Baltimore, where Lain was finishing his final year in college." "Pontiak Find Joy Brotherly Love, Loud Guitars -- Top 100 Acts at SXSW 2011" Spinner, Mar 3rd 2011.
They were part of the Baltimore music scene for four or five years and then moved back to Virginia. "Van, Lain, and Jennings Carney initially connected to Baltimore's growing scene as they got their start there. They are still associated with Baltimore bands, including Arbouretum with whom they shared a split release LP." "Comecrudos." Review in Swampland.
Lain and Van both spent some time in college studying in London and now the band regularly tours in Europe. "Interview With Pontiak," Strange Glue, Feb. 6, 2009.
- White Buffalo EP (2005); Fireproof Records
- Valley of Cats (2006); Fireproof Records
- Sun on Sun (2007); Fireproof Records; (2008) re-release Thrill Jockey
- Kale EP (2008 with Arbouretum); Thrill Jockey
- Maker (2009); Thrill Jockey
- Sea Voids (2009); Thrill Jockey
- Living (2010); Thrill Jockey
- Comecrudos EP (2011); Thrill Jockey
- Echo Ono (2012); Thrill Jockey