Independent psychedelic progrock
The neo-psychedelic rockband Pontiak is created by three brothers from the Blue Ridge area of Virginia who were separately involved with numerous bands in the U.S. and Europe before reconvening in Baltimore in 2005. Once together, they quickly established common musical ground and began honing a multifaceted sound steeped in ’60s psych and acid rock, ’70s prog and proto-metal, and ’90s stoner and indie rock, with like-minded outfits such as Dead Meadow and Black Mountain providing a few contemporary comparisons. Returning in due time to their isolated Virginia birthplace, the brothers recorded both 2005’s White Buffalo EP and 2006’s Valley of Cats LP in their home studio. Both albums were subsequently released on the band’s own label, Fireproof Records.