Lithics debut video for “Specs”
at Brooklyn Vegan
from new album, Mating Surfaces
out 25th May 2018 on Kill Rock Stars
Photo by Christie Maclean
On a grey winter morning Lithics used a handheld video camera to shoot scenes of themselves pretending to play music, walking around a reservoir, blowing their noses etc, and synced it to the song “Specs.” It was easy, literally anyone could have done it. “Specs”, a song loosely about the presumptuous desire to know the details about a stranger’s personal life, is the second single, hot on the heels of album opener, “Excuse Generator” from their new record Mating Surfaces out May 25th on Kill Rock Stars. Click here to watch the video at Brooklyn Vegan.
Lithics exist in a nervous fragmented world, a propulsive futuristic hell where anything can be consumed at any time, where any sound from any era can be conjured and reproduced and yet most of what we are stuck with seems like a trite reproduction of a sentiment long lost. Lithics fight this impossible dreary reality with a bold minimalist vision, “Can I be myself?” A stern danceable sound that summons cut up snapshots of Su Tissue and Mark E Smith, an imagined landscape where Captain Beefheart hits that 99 Records “Too Many Creeps” beat.
This is the sound of possibility. 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.
LITHICS TOUR DATES
5/26 Portland, OR @ The Spare Room (Album Release Show)
5/29 Spokane, WA @ Baby Bar
5/31 Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records
6/01 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club* (SOLD OUT)
6/02 Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Back Room* (SOLD OUT)
6/03 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall*
6/05 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups* (SOLD OUT)
6/06 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater*
6/07 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*
6/08 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick*
6/09 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace* (SOLD OUT)
6/11 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount*
6/12 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair* (SOLD OUT)
6/13 Jamaica Plain, MA @ Deep Thoughts
6/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg* (SOLD OUT)
6/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg* (SOLD OUT)
6/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts*
6/17 Washington DC @ Black Cat*
6/19 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle*
6/20 Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre*
6/21 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge*
6/22 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar*
6/23 Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater*
6/24 St. Louis, MO @ Foam
6/26 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
* w/ Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
September European tour dates will be announced soon.