"mating surfaces"
Year:  2018
Country:  US
City:  Portland, OR
Label:  kill rock stars 
Format:  LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Punk

Angles and rhythms aplenty from Portland's Lithics. Second album Mating Surfaces maintains momentum with fast riffs, mobile bass lines and tight drumming. Their rhythmic approach to the overlap between indie and punk is reminiscent of Dutch greats, The Ex. And if you know me that is certainly high praise. Since their inception, Lithics seemed destined to transcend the promise of their previous bands. Counting members of yesteryear punk powerhouses like Psychic Feline, Nucular Aminals, and We Quit among their ranks, the Portland four-piece’s evolution has been relatively quick, culminating in their 2016 debut Borrowed Floors, one tape, and an EP of “audio ephemera” that includes many early versions of the songs on their new album, Mating Surfaces. As a statement of artistic identity, Mating Surfaces is about as defiant as you can get without simply releasing a record full of roiling feedback and nothing else. And while its cornerstones sound somewhat familiar, the songs are nevertheless taut. Lithics delivers thoughtful dissertations on self-expression and a cultural divide growing ever wider (*Review by Ryan J. Prado ).
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