Posted in music | pictures on April 22, 2010

words & photos by Andrew Frisicano

The Thermals

The Thermals completed a two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl last night (4/21). I was at the irst night, Tuesday, when they played a great set to a sold-out crowd. The band's two show run at the venue was the last stop of their two-week East Coast tour.

The Thermals crowd came ready to sing along, and got more and more riled up as things progressed (the band's "Pillar of Salt," "No Culture Icons," "Returning to the Fold" run at the end was particularly spectacular). There was a kind of girls vs. boys thing going on, with plenty of female fans belting out the words while the guys threw their bodies into it.

The hour-plus set covered the band's catalog, from the power-punk of More Parts Per Million to the cleanly cut songs on Now We Can See. The new material showed promise for Personal Life, their fifth album, due in September. Those tunes stayed intense even as the band slowed down the tempo. "Seperate" - from their Record Store Day split with the Cribs - is one new song with a different, more calculated edge (see it in a video from an earlier show on the tour, below). Here's hoping the new album will match The Body, The Blood, The Machine for lyrical sharpness and replayability. After the 20-ish song set, the band came back for a gracious encore, and repeated cries to play their Olympics anthem "Canada" went unheeded.

Spazzy punk band the Coathangers opened, with all four members taking turns at the mic as they swapped instruments. Other opener Past Lives played grungy rock that didn't really keep my attention (Tony Castles subbed for the Coathangers on the second night).

More pictures and a few of those new songs from their Baltimore tour stop are below...

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The Thermals "Seperate" 4/16/10 Ottobar Baltimore, Md.

The Thermals "Power Lies" 4/16/10 Ottobar Baltimore, Md.

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Comments (15)

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Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 12:41 PM

i gotta be honest... was dying for this show, but it was a little boring. i'm a big fan, but their live performance wasn't what i was expecting. it was kind of dull

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 12:43 PM

Past Lives play "grungy rock"? BAHAHAHAHA. you, sir, are a moron.

Posted by JT | April 22, 2010 12:52 PM

i wanted to go to this but the brooklyn shows are too far (i live in queens). would have taken 1.5 hours back. sucks. hope to catch them next time at a manhattan show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:01 PM

420 show was pretty fun but coathangers suck

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:03 PM

The Coathangers were embarrassing. I would have rather seen the Vivian Girls opening...yeah, they were that bad.

Posted by JT | April 22, 2010 1:05 PM

yeah, their throats had to kill the next day... they were screaming like crazy

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:11 PM

These dudes killed it when they played Maxwell's a few years back...

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:20 PM

wasn't a bad show; wasn't fantastic either. prefer the albums to their live act. also, venue was pretty bad sound-wise.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:21 PM

um no, coathangers can play their instruments.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:21 PM

brooklyn bowl is a bad venue

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:28 PM

wanted to go see the tony castles but the other bands on the bill were absolutely horrible

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:39 PM

Coathangers were like a third rate Erase Errata.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 2:25 PM

past lives killed it at cake shop on monday

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 3:28 PM

A great addition to these bands, considering the fact that they are composed of young people, who still are turning to high quality music.

Posted by Andrada | November 22, 2014 8:31 AM

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