“Plowing through…”, Pontiak @Sabotage Club (Lisboa) 16/5/14 Live Report

May 21, 2014

“Plowing through…”, Pontiak @Sabotage Club (Lisboa) 16/5/14 Live Report

In Portugal there is a radio show called ‘A Floresta
Encantada’ (The Enchanted Forest) dedicated to the sounds of yore. Progressive
and psychedelic sounds emerge weekly. The show’s hosts are Tiago Castro and Ana
Farinha. On the 16th of May, there was a party at one of Lisbon’s top notch
rock clubs, Sabotage. On the bill was original collaborator Pedro Góis, DJeing
with the enchanted crew of the airwaves. To thicken the plot, American sibling
trio Pontiak served the starter, main course and dessert with the cherry, the
icing and one of the tastiest cakes one could be offered. And what a cake it
Promoting their latest record, ‘Innocence’, Pontiak proved
to be quite an effective and powerful live band. Slow, heavy and hypnotic, the
three bearded brothers seem to have devoured Sabbath’s ‘Master Of Reality’. Not
satisfied with the shrortness of such a record, they made songs of what could
be a second disc to that album.
Energetic but without any particular shenanigans, they
plunge into a fat guitar/bass combination, hold on tight by a muscle car
drumming that puts everybody into a rhythmic body movement like drugged up cult
members from the moment GO!. The trio of voices emerges often to make it even
clearer that we are into something else, not just heavy music but something
that achieves transcendence.
Some of the highlights were ‘Surrounded by diamonds’, ‘We’ve
got it wrong’ and ‘Shell Skull’. Freed from the record format, Pontiak could
grind the songs into the ground, entrancing the audience to oblivion beyond
belief. Interspected with a few gentler songs that allowed the audience to
breathe a little, the main drive of the concert is that overdriven distorted
sound humming along the entire show.
Labeled as ‘stoner rock’, there is more to Pontiak than just
lighting up a few and revel in the desert. The brothers create their own little
universe and we are all invited to join them on their travel through Wisconsin.
The images they conjure are of plowing through a snowy Winter night. The best
way for me to describe might be if you imagine a mixture of an actual Pontiac
and a tractor, the sound it would make could resemble Pontiak. Don’t miss out
on such a trip.

Report made by Carlos Ferreira/2014
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