Boomkat Product Review:
Pontiak's fourth album, Sea Voids, was written, recorded and mixed in eight sessions over the course of a three week period. Now, to me those sorts of figures are enough to set off alarm bells. How good can a record be that's had such little incubation time? Well, it's actually pretty solid, and that's probably largely due to the levels of spontaneity present in the album's conception. The guitar tones are heavy and detuned, but seldom resort to sludge, instead there's a decent showing of delicate and interesting work gone into the band's sound, which retains a swampy heaviness but never to the extent where the comparatively civilised vocals sound out of keeping with the dominant crunch-tone dynamics. "In the summer of 2008, the three brothers in Pontiak issued a split 12" with Arbouretum called Kale as their first release on Thrill Jockey. Shortly thereafter in September we re-issued their second album Sun On Sun (originally sold only on tour) and then their third album Maker quickly followed in April 2009. Having spent the majority of that year on the road, Pontiak were quickly establishing their reputation as an ear-splitting live band with a galvanizing onstage presence."