“An unfurling tapestry of interlocking DIY minimalist art-punk where precision and abandon prove uniquely compatible.” Loud and Quiet 9/10
“Mating Surfaces is easily one of the best releases this year.” – Bandcamp Album of the Day
“The band’s genius lies not only in the idea of doing so much with so little, but also creating an immersive experience with such serrated edges.” – KEXP
“it’s easy to see what’s special about Lithics. They are intense.” – NPR Music
“For the sake of repeating ourselves, Lithics could just be the best post-punk band of this generation” – Post-Trash
Portland’s post punks, Lithics have announced a European tour this September – UK dates below.
Sep 05 – Brighton, Green Door Store
Sep 06 – Bristol, Hy Brasil
Sep 07 – London, The Islington
Sep 08 – Manchester, Eagle Inn
Sep 09 – Glasgow, The Hug & Pint
Sep 10 – Oxford, The Cellar (with Screaming Females)
Their new album Mating Surfaces is out now on Kill Rock Stars.
Lithics is a total collaborative vision: Aubrey Hornor’s stark stilted vocals intoning over her and Mason Crumley’s wired guitar parts, like lightbulb flashes and the whir of insects unspooled and playing off each other. Bob Desaulniers’ basslines give both structure and dissonance to the endeavor, and along with Wiley Hickson on drums, this is a rhythm section recalling art-damaged yet danceable noise made in the detritus of failing cities in the late 70s/early 80s (The Lower East Side, Cleveland, Manchester…). Except Lithics is happening now, a continuing part of the vital art punk DIY underground in Portland, Oregon.
Lithics create a world that seems like it is collapsing as it’s being built. Mating Surfaces is an unnerving sound, total in its commitment to a specific vision, DIY minimalist art-punk that speaks to the fact that whenever someone says the underground is dead it just demonstrates that they are just too past it to know any better.