The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets is a rock band from British Columbia who's main body of music consists largely of often tongue-in-cheek homages to the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Even the band's name is drawn from a phrase in Lovecraft's story The Tomb.
They sporadically perform live, and have performed concerts with many other bands including GWAR, They Might Be Giants, and Portland's own Giant Bug Village.
The core band members are Toren Atkinson and Warren Banks. The band has gone through several bassists and drummers since its inception (after attempting to recreate rituals written down in the forbidden Necronomicon).
The current line-up consists of vocalist and lyricist Toren Atkinson, guitarist Warren Banks, bassist Mario Nieva, drummer Jordan Pratt (former drummer for the band Mystery Machine), and backup vocalist Merrick Atkinson.
A large part of The Thickets live shows involves the band members in costumes. This has gone through various iterations over the years, from plush gug and fungi from Yuggoth outfits to the red jumpsuit/astronaut motif for their Spaceship Zero concerts, to their most recent Satyr costumes.