Concert preview: Pontiak lets it rips on the deceptively titled Innocence

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

The three brothers in Virginia-based Pontiak - Jennings, Van and Lain Carney - come barreling out of the gate like a rodeo bull on their most recent album, Innocence. "Wasted!" the band howls amidst the corrosive blues-rock scrawl of the opening track. One song later they're singing, "We drank too much," as buzzing guitars and drums trade paint like two autos engaged in a high-speed freeway chase.

The buzz doesn't last - and, really, how could it? - but even the assorted bruising ballads that litter the record's comparatively tame mid-section offer some memorable moments. The best of these might be "Noble Heads," a subdued slow-burner where the narrator parts ways with a lover and sets off on his lonesome. Fortunately this sense of solitude doesn't last, and the crew reforms for rumbling closer "We've Got It Wrong," a bluesy number built on a deceptively simple, crushing riff. Watch your toes.

Old Baby and Brujas del Sol open the show.

Rumba Cafe

9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24

2507 Summit St., Campus