Indie rock-inspired guitars lead us into Lithic's new song, "Nightmares." The band is delivering heavy subject matter intertwined in "Nightmares" lyrics. The lead singer brings vocal stylings comparable to Muses' Matthew James Bellamy. His broad tenor vocal range lights this song afire. Together since college days at Boston's coveted Berklee College of Music, Lithic has transplanted their genre-bending sound to Southern California. The band's distinct ability to blend rock, grunge, funk, psychedelic, and pop sound brings an energized sound to the stereo.
"Nightmares" is set to ticking percussion and whaling guitars that reflect the lead singers varying and expansive lyrical tone. "Nightmares" gives the markings of an indie rock track on the surface, but the dark and profound lyrics provide great depth and substance for listeners to dive into. On "Nightmares," we hear of a son's loss of his father's from cancer. Lyrics like, "I think of my mother because she was my only light," "Don't tell me you have all the answers, don't tell me how to deal with cancer" and "After all this time I feel my hearts been left behind" are delivered with an intense rawness. We are digging Lithic's uncut and original sound. Do not deprive yourself of experiencing Lithic's artistry and listen to "Nightmares."
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Hello Lithic and welcome to BuzzMusic. Your latest release "Nightmares" is an intense lyrical display of loss and despair. Can you explain what you wanted to exhibit on this track and how you wanted to connect to listeners with its subject matter?
Jack (Guitar & Vocals): Yeah, this one definitely touches on some deep stuff. When I was thirteen, my dad passed away from kidney cancer. Just like anyone who loses a loved one, I went through many harrowing stages of grief. A couple of years ago, it had been eight years since his passing, and I was hit with a wave of grief that I could have never anticipated. I wanted to write a song about my sorrow and frustration surrounding not being able to fully move on. I’m starting to realize that the scar will always be there. It gets just a bit better every year, but that kind of loss never truly leaves you.
What does the creative flow look like for Lithic? How does the band take into account everyone's ideas of how a particular project should take shape? Juan (Bass): Each song starts with an idea: it could be a melody, a riff, or even just a hook. When someone brings the idea to the band we then work together to get an arrangement and we imagine what the song will sound like. Every member writes his own parts and brings something unique to the table. We trust each other’s musicality and we always end up on the same page (eventually).
With such a wide range of sound, who are some of your touchstone musical influences you share as a band?
Stone (Guitar & Vocals): We’re an eclectic cabal of cretins; we love a ton of different music! That being said, We share a love for music that oozes creativity and groove. It is not uncommon to hear us listening to Fleetwood Mac, Billie Eilish, Rage Against the Machine, The Beatles, Alice in Chains, The 1975, etc. We are all students of music and performance. Together our individual tastes blossom into a garden.
We've all missed out a lot recently on the ability of taking in music live. What do you miss most about playing live in front of an audience?
Marvin (Drums): Our live performances are at the core of Lithic’s creative work. Exchanging energy with people at our live shows is what we started with. Even after releasing recorded music into the world, playing live is still the truest expression of who we are. Not sharing these magical moments and feeding off of the energy of our audience is extraordinarily challenging. Also, it’s just the most fun thing to do in the world and a cold withdrawal from it is probably worse than quitting heroin. There are also plenty of people that seem to enjoy the music we’ve been putting out, and them not having the opportunity to see us play these songs live is certainly a bummer. It’s like dreaming of making your favourite dish, but being a shitty cook. That said, there’s not much we can do about it, so–as we German’s say–we just gotta wait and drink tea.