After catching The Thermals a few days earlier at Bowery Ballroom, the Portland-trio returned for a show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn. Being a slightly smaller venue only added to the craziness of the enthusiastic Brooklyn crowd who were moshing and singing along to every word that Hutch Harris shouting at them throughout the night. The songs off The Body, the Blood, the Machine sounded even more urgent and athematic than they did at Bowery, making this the clear winner out of the two shows. I ended up speaking to Harris after the show, and he said it was the best Brooklyn crowd that they’d ever played to. Enough said.
It doesn’t take much to convince me to see Portland punk rockers The Thermals live. I’ve been following the group ever since I discovered their great 2006 album The Body, the Blood, the Machine, which celebrated it’s 10th anniversary this year. With their new album We Disappear coming out this March via Saddle Creek, the band have been on tour in support of the new album, but also in celebration of The Body, the Blood, the Machine, what is still most certainly their finest work to date.
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The Thermals weren’t even playing Lollapalooza, but they were playing an after party for BrooklynVegan. They were just as unstoppable as they were at SXSW leaving the small but packed room of Ultra Lounge packed to the brim. We still made room for moshing and shoving, making it a glorious sweaty mess. The band sounded loud and dominate, providing a great finish to day 1 of Lollapalooza.
The latest track to be shared from the album is straight up rocker “The Sunset.” It has a dark sense of urgency that they ride from start to finish with ample effect and keen leadership from frontman Hutch Harris.
Enjoy it via a lyric video below.
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They recently released a video for their new single “Born To Kill.” Sitting at a breezy 1:50 run-time, it’s a guitar driven jam that uses every second wisely. It gets catchier the more you think about it. The Thermals deliver, as usual.
The Thermals hands down “won SXSW”, if you must. They were easily my favorite set out of the countless number of shows and bands that I saw while in Austin for SXSW. They aren’t a new band, and there was no buzz to their show. They won me over because they came out and just fucking killed it.
I have been trying to see The Thermals live for nearly 7 years now, and somehow it took me coming to Austin to see them. Shame on me, I know, but hey, I made it. The show was running late and their set got cut short, but the band gave every second of every minute of the show everything that they got. During “Here’s Your Future” guitarist/singer Hutch Harris jumped into the crowd, and then the next thing you knew drummer Westin Glass stage dove into the crowd and was then hanging onto the arms of the enthused fans.
They gave us all the goods with absolutely brilliant energetic versions of their classics “Here’s Your Future”, “A Pillar of Salt”. As a guitar-bass-drums 3-piece, they aren’t the flashiest band. But holy hell, they give every ounce of energy they have into their performances and I couldn’t help but get lost in it.
The set may not have lasted more than 20-25 minutes, but it was my favorite set of the entire week. It also is one of the best performances I have seen so far this year.
I ran into Westin while getting some navajo tacos and he told me the band will be back in NYC sometime in May. You can bet I will be there. Can’t wait.
The album was completed jsut hours before Hurricane Sandy made its mark on New Jersey. It’s supposed to be a return to their scrappy and scratchy days, with raw power and young energy that calls to mind their earlier records.
The Thermals 2nd single off their new album Personal Life is “Never Listen To Me”. It’s a garage rock delight that’s as fully fleshed as they come these days. The Thermals never do disappoint, now do they?
The band is giving it away as a free mp3 download. Grab it below:
The official 7″ comes out on October 19th via Kill Rock Stars. The single is backed by b-side “There Is Always a Reason”.
Seasoned Portland, Oregon, rockers The Thermals are one of the more consistent rock bands out there. I always trust that they will release something of high quality. This is true for “I Don’t Believe You”, the new single from their upcoming album. The new album is called Personal Life, and it will come out on August 10th via Kill Rock Stars.
“I Don’t Believe You” is as catchy as they come. It features a crisp guitar riff that gives room for one of the band’s poppiest chorus’s to date. This is a great first single, and I can tell this single is going to have a ton of replay value. Download it: