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The detached cool of Portland, Oregon's post-punk quartet Lithics readily earned them "Best New Band" notices in the local press following their 2016 debut. Pairing angular rhythms and minimalist instrumentation with frontwoman Aubrey Horner's deadpan delivery, their 2018 sophomore effort, Mating Surfaces, illustrated the band's idiosyncrasies most fully.
Bassist Bob Desaulniers, drummer Wiley Hickson, guitarist Mason Crumley, and Horner met in Portland and formed Lithics in 2014. Although Horner learned drums as a child she favored guitar for this new venture and took up lead vocals, as none of the other members would. Relying on instinct in lieu of any formal training, the band created art punk with harsher edges than most of their contemporaries, and absorbed influences like Bush Tetras, Pylon, and Captain Beefheart to create a distinct take on a well-worn genre. They released their debut record Borrowed Floors via Water Wing records in 2016 before moving to Portland's preeminent indie label Kill Rock Stars for 2018's follow-up Mating Surfaces. Wiry lead single "Excuse Generator" piqued interest in the band's record beyond Portland and an American and European tour followed. ~ Bekki Bemrose~ Rovi