The Thermals / Personal Life - 4062295
Personal Life is the fifth album from the Portland-based indie rock band The Thermals.
Released: May 31, 2013
The Thermals / Now We Can See - 4062296
Now We Can See is the 4th studio album by Portland, Or. band The Thermals.
Released: May 31, 2013
The Thermals / Desperate Ground - 4062297
The Thermals’ Desperate Ground LP.
Released: April 22, 2013
The Thermals / More Parts Per Million - SP622
The Thermals, from Portland, OR, present to you their debut full-length, More Parts Per Million, in all its “no-fi” glory! Distorted guitars, distorted bass, distorted drums, and distorted vocals collide into perfect, distorted pop songs. All-stars Hutch Harris, Kathy Foster, Ben Barnett, and Jordan Hudson make up The Thermals (and, between them, are either some or all of the following bands: Kind of Like Spitting, Operacycle, All Girl Summer Fun Band, and Hutch and Kathy). A band for little more than six months now, they’re already forcing people to take notice (Seattle’s The Stranger had this recent bit of praise: “Million is one of those records that makes the worst spells of depression instantly seem like hazy, nonsensical, memories and fills you with gushing desire and lust for life.”).
Released: 2003-03-04 (CD), 2013-03-05 (LP), 2003-03-04 (MP3s)
The Thermals / The Body, The Blood, The Machine - SP703
The Body, The Blood, The Machine was recorded at Supernatural Sound Studios in Oregon City, twenty miles south of The Thermals’ home in Portland, OR by Fugazi’s Brendan Canty. With the unfortunate departure of original Thermals drummer Jordan Hudson in late 2005, Kathy Foster and Hutch Harris (bass and guitar/vocals, respectively) split up duties on the new record themselves with Foster pulling double shifts as The Thermals’ rhythm section for almost the entire record while Harris sang, performed all the guitar tracks and some of the bass tracks, and the two shared keyboard/organ duties. With a wider, brighter, and wilder sound than anything The Thermals have done in the past, The Body, The Blood, The Machine adds walls of guitars, organs, and even a few “ballads” (aka slightly pretty songs) to the mix, while still retaining the gritty post-pop-punk sound for which The Thermals are globally famous. The lyrics envision a United States governed by a fascist Christian state, and focus on the need (and means) to escape. While hardly a concept album, there is definitely a story told in the songs: a story about getting the fuck OUT while you still can. With the recent addition of local drummer extraordinaire, Lorin Coleman, The Thermals will be touring extensively with the release of The Body, The Blood, The Machine.
Released: 2006-08-22 (CD), 2013-03-05 (LP), 2006-08-22 (MP3s)
The Thermals / Fuckin A - SP645
In the 4 days it took to record the new record, The Thermals and producer Chris Walla worked in tandem to create what is the perfect follow-up to the chaotic pop madness of their 2003 debut, More Parts Per Million. Fuckin A is another twenty-eight minute triumph for The Thermals — screaming, piercing, as painful and discordant as it is joyous and melodic. Every track is pushed deep into the red, wrapped in a thick sheet of distortion, and served on a tattered blanket of very questionable fidelity. In other words, The Thermals are still The Thermals. They’re a little bit older, a lot wiser, a whole lot higher, but still unrelenting in their mission to smash pop music in the face, and to have fun doing it, goddammit!
Released: 2013-03-05 (LP), 2004-05-18 (CD), 2004-05-18 (MP3s)