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Portland band Lithics are back with “Tower of Age”, their first record for Trouble In Mind which will be out June 5th. Excellent first single “Hands” stays tightly coiled for most of it’s existence, though it unleashes some serious noise when you least expect it. After introducing themselves to the world with 2016’s “Borrowed Floors” (Water Wing) and throwing down the gauntlet with 2018’s “Mating Surfaces” on Kill Rock Stars, Lithics make the jump to Trouble In Mind for “Tower of Age”.

“Tower of Age” bristles with invention, wedging lyrical Dadaism into right angles of rhythmic minimalism. This is music in ellipses. A circular communication and a fusion of decades worth of musical insight into a singular refraction of thought & sound. Guitars plunk and scratch, and rhythms pulse and syncopate tightly wound around an imagist’s philosophy to “use absolutely no word that does not contribute to the presentation.” The band’s austere approach to composition and wordplay elevates them above and beyond bands seeking similar sounds; it’s not that they use less; it’s How they use less.

Aubrey Hornor: Guitar, vocals Bob Desaulniers: Bass, guitar, tape loops Wiley Hickson: drums Mason Crumley: Guitar

Taken from the Portland band’s third album, “Tower of Age”, out June 5th, 2020 via Trouble In Mind Records (


Portland, Oregon post punkers Lithics have just released a scorcher of a debut album. Fans of Pylon, Gang of Four and the Au Pairs should take note of this record. “Borrowed Floors” is chock full of rolling bass, jagged guitars and androgynous vocals. The songs sound like they’ve pulled in from the wild hinterlands of the Rose city. It appears as though someone tried to domesticate them, but failed. Careful entering the cage, this one will pin you down and make you buy a copy.  Interesting art punk with shouty vocals, angular guitar and herky-jerky rhythm that reminds me of 80’s bands like Bush Tetras, Pylon and Delta 5, as well as more recent bands like Shopping, Ethical Debating Society and the not-so-recent Numbers.


Lithics is a four person minimalist punk band from Portland, Oregon formed in late 2014. Over the last year and a half they have refined a sound focusing on interlocked bass and drum rhythms paired with shrill guitar counterpoint and stark female vocals. While counting Wire, The Fall, Devo, Pylon, The Shadow Ring, and Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band as reference points, the band’s concerns are contemporary and urgent. An injection of uptight, nervous energy into the reverb drenched complacency of today’s musical underground.

“…basically the stuff of my post-punk dreams, with needles-and-pins guitar lines jabbing and competing for space with minimalist, meditative bass/drums synchronization and coolly detached female vocals that drift somewhere between the twin inspirations of Allison Statton of Young Marble Giants, and Vanessa Briscoe of Pylon. Throw in some hair-raising neo-no wave scratches and scrapes of six string across the otherwise steady and taut rhythmic throb of ‘Lizard’ and ‘Seven People’ and you’ve got a band who should be making all the weirdo art-punk kids drooling over that CCTV single similarly lose their shit, if they know what’s good for them.”