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Pontiak are a psychedelic trio from Virginia, made up of three brothers; Jennings, Van and Lain Carney. Their pounding blend of shoe-gazing trances, psychy grooves and heavy, blues-infused indie hymns draws elements from over a notably wide palette of styles and makes their eleven-strong catalogue of releases a sprawling buffet for the ears. Originating in the Blue Ridge Mountain area in 2004, the brothers have toured with the likes of Earthless, Golden Void and Wovenhand.

When you hear Pontiak you can’t help but revere at how prevalent their vocals are. During their high energy, thumpingly heavy live performances they manage to maintain the soaring vocal harmonies that notoriously dominate their music and lay the foundations for their sound, resulting in a hypnotising experience to witness them live. You’d have to lose your mind for the day to miss this performance; catch them at Desertfest 2017.

Words: Jess Shaw