We’re just about a month out from the March 24 release of the new Pontiak album, Dialectic of Ignorance, so I wouldn’t expect it to be all that long before audio starts making its way out. The brotherly, beery Virginian three-piece will do a few quick US dates around the release in Brooklyn, Louisville, and Chicago to mark the record coming out, and then in April they head abroad, where they’ll do a couple select dates alongside Thrill Jockey labelmates Sumac as well as True Widow and King Woman in addition to appearing at Roadburn in the Netherlands and at Desertfest in London and Berlin.
Bit of back and forth in the routing, looks like, but it’s pretty impressive in the ground it covers. And since Dialectic of Ignorance will be out by then, all the better to hit as many ears as possible.
To that end, they’ll reportedly have more shows in the States after they get back from Europe in May. So you know, more to come and whatnot. But you knew that anyway.
Here’s the latest off the PR wire:
Pontiak squeeze in Brooklyn, Louisville, and Chicago shows ahead of European tour
Pontiak to tour throughout U.S. in May
Pontiak’s hazy, infectious Dialectic of Ignorance is out March 24th
In support of the release of their dazzling new album Dialectic of Ignorance, the Virginia brothers of Pontiak have announced they’re squeezing in a handful of U.S. dates before their European tour this Spring, which will include a set at Roadburn Festival and at Desertfest in the UK and in Germany. Pontiak will be returning to hit the road in the U.S. in May.
Whereas Pontiak’s 2014 album Innocence tore through rowdy riffs and melancholic balladry in a neat half hour, it’s immediately clear from the reverb-heavy trip of opener “Easy Does It” that Dialectic of Ignorance is altogether a different beast. Euphorically defying spatial constraint, brothers Van, Jennings, and Lain Carney instead opt to guide each song along its own cosmic trajectory: confident in the outcome, but even more excited to enjoy the ride.
Having opened their own brewery, Pen Druid Brewing, in August 2015, the Carney brothers were afforded a rare opportunity to reassess their creative process, through the medium of brewing. The lessons learned from this experimentation have had a formative effect on both the process underlying and subsequent sound of Dialectic of Ignorance.
Pontiak Tour Dates
Mar. 23 Brooklyn, NY Alphaville
Mar. 25 Louisville, KY Haymarket Whiskey Bar
Mar. 27 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Apr 21 Fluc Vienna, Austria
Apr 22 Jubez w/ Sumac, Oxbow Karlsruhe, Germany
Apr 23 013 Roadburn, Tilburg, Netherlands
Apr 26 De Gude Wellen Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Apr 27 VK w/ True Widow, King Woman Brussels, Belgium
Apr 28 Desertfest London, United Kingdom
Apr 29 Stereo Wonderland Köln, Germany
Apr 30 Desertfest Berlin, Germany
May 01 UT Connewitz Leipzig, Germany
May 02 Lucerna Music Bar Prague, Czech Republic