Release Date: 27 May 2016
Format: LP Vinyl
|Pontiak Maker Limited Vinyl LP
Maker is Pontiak's third full-length album, originally released in 2009. Sold out on vinyl for over six years, this re-issue is pressed on high quality virgin vinyl and packaged in a jacket and inner sleeve both featuring high gloss UV printing and a free download card.
Pontiak's studio in rural Virginia is about 12'x12' and largely responsible for the saturated sound on Maker. The band recorded the album in the same way as their previous efforts, themselves in a studio of their own making. Preferring the energy of a mostly live recording and understanding how to capture their sound, Pontiak recorded with lightening speed, generally keeping the first take as the final take.
A lifetime of shared experiences certainly informs the three Carney brothers playing as a band. Jennings' bass or Lain's drums often finish the thoughts of Van's guitar. This is a level of musical communication that most bands are only able to achieve after years of touring and recording. It also may account for their staggering productivity, this being their third Thrill Jockey release, in just over a calendar year.
Van blew two amps during the recording of Maker but in the process found a sound he had been searching for - the dwindling life of his amps. It is his distorted instrument that accounts for the overall earthy tones on Maker. The brother's voices are remarkably similar, causing the lead and chorus to blend seamlessly.
Together the vocals bring a warmth to "Wild Knife Night Fight," "Honey" or Seminal Shining" and an eerie sensation that comes from what appears to be a chorus of one. Van's guitar work is an exercise in extremes with rhythmic drone, shifting often within one song into sharp lines. He leads the listener through a maze of sustain and hum tones with his piercing phrases, often on this album, punctuated by the intermediary sounds of his overextended amps.
2. Blood Pride
3. Wax Worship
4. Headless Conference
5. Wild Knife Night Fight
6. Heat Pleasure
9. Seminal Shining