ON A GORGEOUS Portland summer day, the three men who comprise the mind-bending musical outfit Antikythera have congregated at Green Noise Records, where posters for local underground shows blend seamlessly with stacks of vinyl. Bassist Jeremy Hooton has his adorable toddler in tow, lured by the promise that she can help pick a record to bring home. Guitarist and vocalist Billy Kyle LoCascio is accompanied by a stuffed owl affixed to a wooden staff, whom he introduces as Perry, a frequent presence onstage at the band's shows. And drummer Matthew Foley, who has worked at the store for nearly half a decade, offers up a six-pack and some day-old pastries for our consumption.
These disparate personalities came together to make music through a series of serendipitous connections and lineup changes. Together, they've cemented a powerful amalgamation of musical prowess and influence, establishing Antikythera as an original and intensely engaging project. With backgrounds in, and affinity for, different forms of music—such as noise, punk, and shoegaze—its members draw from a triangulation of sonic inspiration to create music that defies classification or order. Their songs unfurl amid ambient buzz, sprawling percussion, and guitar strums that veer from thick and crushing to airy and biting, in a schizophrenic sense of style that has no allegiance to a genre.
The potency of their collusion is reflected on their debut tape, which consists of two sprawling tracks and an inspired take on the Jesus Lizard song "Fly on the Wall." The band was reticent to record a cover, but found space in the particular song to express Antikythera's essence.
"It's lurching, about to explode, but never really does," Foley says. "It has kind of a spacey quality, but it's aggressive."
Such experimentation has led the band to be "always open to having collaborations, having songs played in different ways," Foley adds. "It's fun to work with other bands and creative people that we enjoy." Their plans include self-releasing another recording, but on vinyl, and touring extensively.
For the record: The album that Hooton's daughter took home was the Wipers' Youth of America.