Posted in music | pictures on February 2, 2009

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

The Thermals

Pretty & Nice, now with a new drummer, opened for the Thermals at the sold-out, late-late show at The Bell House in Brooklyn Saturday night (1/31). It really was late too. Joseph Arthur's set at the early show ran long. I got there a little before midnight thinking I had already missed Pretty & Nice, but instead I found a line to get in down the block with a club employee handing out cookies to everyone who was now forced to wait in the cold. P&N went on around 12:30. Thermals probably went on around 1:30. It was well worth the wait.

Kathy (bass and occasional vocals) and Hutch (guitars and vocals), also with a new drummer, tore through old and new material and two covers (Nirvana's Sappy and Saints by the Breeders). The band and the sound system sounded tight. Everyone (well, a lot of people) was bouncing up and down and politely bumping into each other to the indie/post/punk/rock music. There were also a few slower jams, and at least one Obama shoutout. Now I really can't wait to hear the new album - Now We Can See is out via Kill Rock Stars on April 7, 2009 (which is around the time Hutch said the band would be back in NYC).

As someone told me at the show, The Thermals last played NYC exactly, to the day, one year earlier (Jan 31, 2008 at Studio B). More pictures and both setlists (from Jan 31, 2009) below...

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The Breeders song was during the encore which isn't on the Thermals setlist.

More Pretty & Nice dates HERE.

More Thermals dates HERE.

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Comments (31)

the nirvana cover was 'verse chorus verse' from the no alternative record. unless sappy is some alternative name for that song that i don't know about. was a great cover.

Posted by halified | February 2, 2009 9:58 AM

this show was so fantastic. great venue too for it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:05 AM

this was my first time seeing both bands and while the thermals were quite entertaining, pretty and nice were extremely good, far better than their myspace songs led me to believe they would be.

Posted by eric p | February 2, 2009 10:16 AM

"the nirvana cover was 'verse chorus verse' from the no alternative record. unless sappy is some alternative name for that song that i don't know about. was a great cover."

Nirvana changed the name of "Verse Chorus Verse" to "Sappy". "Sappy" is what it says on the setlist.

Posted by true and false | February 2, 2009 10:27 AM

pretty and nice were fucking horrendous. what a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:34 AM

Seriously, that line was a huge issue. We didn't get in there until 12:15 and there was no apology or explanation. As you can see in the pic - doors were over an hour delayed.

It would not have taken much to make it up, like happy hour for an hour, or $1 off beers or something.

The Bell House is on my blacklist, which is unfortunate since it's close and otherwise a great venue. I can't believe that they basically let the Joseph Arthur yahoos linger in the bar while we froze outside. BOGUS.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 11:12 AM

did anyone else see Yaps there without his glasses?!? holy sh****t that was amazing!

Posted by where's my crab dip? | February 2, 2009 11:12 AM

its hard and sad to say but...the new songs are pretty lukewarm.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 11:36 AM

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So weird, I was actually inside the main space at 11:50. What line were you in?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 11:37 AM

you were not in the main space at 11:50 unless you got in early. the doors opened at 12:12. i was standing directly outside of the door to the venue space.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 11:41 AM

hell yeah this show rocked so hard that it blew Yaps glasses off! good thing they are made of titanium viltrumite

Posted by Fuckin A | February 2, 2009 11:42 AM

screw waiting in that line. i just entered on the bar side and did a few body shots with axl rose before the show. it was sweet!

Posted by stern | February 2, 2009 11:47 AM

hutch harris is the man! that boy will giveya a good ole fashioned raping!

Posted by sweetconnie | February 2, 2009 11:55 AM

Goddamn the Light. Thank you HH and Co.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:17 PM

i'm glad Yaps made it through a week where KOL and The Thermals played their instruments for him. mind blowing.

Posted by Low-Fat Guacamole | February 2, 2009 1:41 PM

So they played a bunch of songs that all sound the same, plus 2 covers?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 2:03 PM

Anyone else get the vibe that the show was not nearly sold out. I saw them selling some tickets at the box office that night so they obviously released some. However even during the thermals set there was lots of open space (which I did not mind at all.)

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 2:59 PM

nope. the show was definitely sold out bro.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 3:34 PM

how come there are no pictures of that badass guy who crowdsurfed onto the stage and then tussled with the bouncer. what a nut.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 3:35 PM

he was hott.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 3:36 PM

Hey Jack here at Bell House making two comments in one week! Just wanted to say thank you to all the people who waited in line the extra hour before doors. Stinky situation agreed, but hope you got some hot chocolate and cookies or snuck into the lounge to keep warm.

The show was totally sold out, but because we're not in Manhattan, we typically get somewhere from 5-10% of Ticketweb holders not actually showing which I find very very bizarre.... my guess is other venues OVERSELL the room just in case that happens, but we don't.

That's why sometimes you can get tickets at the door, but we would never encourage people to come down in the cold to try unless sitting in the lounge sipping a Smuttynose is an acceptable consolation prize.

I thought that cover of Saints was absolutely insane, it's going to be stuck in my head for weeks!

Jack @ Bell House

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 3:46 PM

Hey Jack @ Bell House,

Thank you for hosting The Thermals at your venue. The space is nice, the sound was great, and the show itself was amazing. The only downside of the evening was the long wait to get in.

I don't know what accounted for the "stinky situation," but it was detestable and infuriating to have to wait for one hour in sub-freezing temperatures just to get into a club, especially if, as a concert-goer, you had already bought your ticket. I can understand if it was a standby line (especially since the show was sold). But for those of us who already had our tickets, what gives?

Saturday night was my first time at Bell House, so I don't know if this how you normally do things there. If so, then whatever the "stinky situation" was seriously needs to be fixed, or else don't count on me being a repeat customer at your venue.

Jay M.

Posted by Jay M. | February 2, 2009 4:08 PM

What an amazing show The thermals are a great live band. I posted videos of the nirvana cover and the breeders cover here http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=1487013828&ref=name

Enjoy!

Posted by bob paulos | February 2, 2009 5:45 PM

you posted them on your facebook which we have to be friends with you first?

what gives?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 5:53 PM

Jay M.
I go to Bell House multiple times a week. Wasn't at the Thermals show as much as i'd like to have been, but this sort of problem never happens there. It's really well run. they don't oversell, and things are usually pretty on time. and usually if doors open a little late, you can just hang out in the bar/lounge area. so hopefully this one instance doesn't keep you from going back, because it's a great venue and Jack is a great guy who's not just out for your money, and really cares about the happiness of his bands and patrons.

sorry if this sounds like some terrible press release. i just love the place.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 5:57 PM

Awesome show as always.

Posted by yeti | February 2, 2009 5:57 PM

the first headliner (joseph arthur) ran an hour and a half over his set time. that's why the show was so delayed.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 6:10 PM

the new record is fantastic

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 6:14 PM

Band gets a 4 for effort, a 12 for those titties.

Goddamn I would nuzzle and suckle for hours.

Posted by Chris | February 2, 2009 6:45 PM

@3:35, 3:36

you totally posted both those yourself

you are totally sucking your own dick

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 7:07 PM

Pretty & Nice!!!

Posted by zeeg | February 3, 2009 9:31 AM

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