Pontiak: Maker 

The brothers Carney, Jennings (bass), Lain (drums) and Van (guitar), make an awful lot happen in the small spaces occupied by the songs on Pontiak's second full-length, Maker. There's a substantial dose of psychedelic freak-out here, but aside from the album's 13-minute title track opus, most of the songs don't go on for much longer than three minutes. The stuttering "Laywayed," the noisy bursts of "Heat Pleasure," and the hyper-manic clusters of guitar and drums in "Headless Conference" come together like pop fodder fitted with deep, dark grooves and warrior crooning. As such, Maker can certainly be filed under "stoner rock." But the short, concise nature of each song makes it a jam for ADD listeners and inward journeymen alike. 4 stars.

Pontiak plays the Earl on Thurs., Feb. 19, 9 p.m. $8.


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