“Please listen at maximum volume,” the three brothers of Pontiak request in the liner notes.

OK, guys. Hit us with what you’ve got.

Out roars a voice, something about being “Wasted in the street” as drums and immense riffs bludgeon away, the sort of riffs that sound like an entire electrical substation was required to power them.

Lights must have gone out over the state of Virginia as the US band recorded Innocence. But it’s not all brute force.

“Wildfires” amplifies the melodies running through the trio’s sludgy psychedelic rock into a chunkily strummed Neil Young-style acoustic ballad; then it’s back to the Black Sabbath heaviosity, ending with the frazzled hallucinations of “We’ve Got It So Wrong”.

Next time, ear plugs.

Pontiak

Innocence

(Thrill Jockey)

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