The heavy hitters of 2020 continue to roll out today with “Hands” from RSTB faves Lithics. The Portland foursome makes a jump from Kill Rock Stars to the ranks of Trouble in Mind for their new LP Tower of Age and the fist listen proves they’re still slicing. There’s never a shortage of post-punk popping up in any given year but little of it can cut like Lithics cut. The band’s got Glaxo Babies in their veins, a dose of Contortions minus the sax blast in their brain, and a vocal veneer that goes toe to toe with Au Pairs for its sheer “no bullshit” approach. Their last album was a reminder why wiry hooks and desert-dry delivery still sand the rough edges off of life in the 2010s. The band wields the hook here like a garrote — tensile and deadly. The track crouches for the first half, but when the band lets the restraints loose, “Hands” unfurls its floodwater riffs with full force. This one’s a crusher for sure. With former Trouble in Minders Omni having left the nest, Lithics slot themselves into the stable nicely as the deadpan dealers with a crushed glass grit. Get familiar. Checkout the video for “Hands” above and pick up the new LP June 5th.
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There are some tour dates too:
03/23/20 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (w/ BIKINI KILL!)
04/08/20 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios (w/ Mdou Moctar)
04/10/20 – Arcata, CA – The Miniplex (w/ Mdou Moctar)
04/11/20 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel (w/ Mdou Moctar)
04/13/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom (w/ Mdou Moctar)