The Thermals

December 5, 2006

The Thermals could be your new favorite (Sub Pop) band. Sure they’ve already released three albums. And no, they aren’t the Shins. But the Portland trio do play the Ramones-esque pop-punk rock and roll like nobody’s business. (And that includes General Motors’ Hummer business, a product for which the band refused to soundtrack a commercial. They were offered more money than it probably cost to record one of their records.) 

On their latest album, The Body The Blood The Machine (produced by Fugazi’s Brendan Canty), the guitars are fast, catchy, distorted and loud; Hutch Harris is singing his heart out and giving the President the finger; Kathy Foster is the filling in as the entire rhythm section, and giving the President the finger too. The record is written about escaping a fascist-Christian regime that takes over the United States.

Coincidentally, the band is currently touring Europe. 

“Pillar of Salt” video. The most fun you’ve had in a small white room since they last changed your medication.

Listen: Here’s Your Future, Returning to the Fold and Pillar of Salt from The Body The Blood The Machine. Stare Like Yours and How We Know from Fuckin A. And “Hardly art, hardly starving” genius: No Culture Icons from More Parts Per Million. All available on Sub Pop Records.

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