Entries tagged with: The Thermals
by Andrew Sacher
Hurry Up is a new-ish Portland punk trio featuring Thermals members Kathy Foster & Westin Glass, and Maggie Vail of the now-defunct Bangs. Earlier this year they put out their self-titled album on Army of Bad Luck. You can pick it up here and vinyl orders come with a free download. Three of the songs are streaming below, and if you're a fan of either of their related bands you're sure to dig this too. "Kick Em Out" is the most Thermals-y but even more lo-fi and more overtly punk than that band, and "And Then" and "Shit Or Fuck" are noisy discordant hardcore songs. Check it out (via Pitchfork).
In related news, Maggie's sister Tobi Vail's band Bikini Kill has a reissue on the way.
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Record Store Day 2015 is this Saturday (4/18) and there's an almost overwhelming amount of special/exclusive product being released for it. Does the world need a vinyl pressing of The Pizza Underground demos? Should you buy the RSD repress of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run when original copies of the album can be found in most used record stores for $10? Probably not, but there are some things of actual interest coming out for RSD15, according to BV editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis who have put together a list of 15 recommended releases. You can browse that list below. What are you hoping to score tomorrow?
If you're heading out in NYC on Saturday, check out our NYC RSD guide to in-store performances, special events (and free beer). Our RSD picks in alphabetical order, with some song streams, below...
Before they got louder in The Thermals, Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster made folky pop as Hutch and Kathy. Their 2002 eponymous album is getting its first-ever vinyl pressing for Record Store Day 2015. You can stream "In Brilliance" and "Days in the Years" off the album below.
Hutch and Kathy will be going on tour this spring, with two stops in NYC: Rough Trade on May 29 and Mercury Lounge on June 4. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (3/20) at noon, with an AmEx presale beginning today at noon.
All dates are listed below...
Pabst Blue Ribbon, or PBR if you prefer, is throwing their first-ever music festival this year in various Portland, OR venues from September 26-28. The fest, dubbed Project Pabst, will feature Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, Guided by Voices, Rocket from the Crypt, Violent Femmes, Constantines, GZA (performing Liquid Swords), High on Fire, Red Fang, Shabazz Palaces, Phosphorescent, Menomena, The Thermals, Speedy Ortiz and more, Tickets, including single-day passes, weekend passes, and individual show tickets, are on sale now. More info at the fest's site.
Full lineup below...
photos by Cory Dewald, words by Andrew Sacher
The Thermals / Aye Nako @ Chicago's Ultra Lounge - 8/2/13
While we were in Chicago over the weekend for Lollapalooza 2013, in addition to taking part in all the Lolla festivities and hosting a portion of the Soundwave Tent during the fest each day, we also threw three afterparties, two of which were totally free (as was the beer, thanks to Sapporo). The second of those afterparties took place at Chicago's Ultra Lounge on Friday night (8/2) with sets from The Thermals, Heliotropes, and Aye Nako. We already posted one set of pictures from the show on BV Chicago, and we've got another in this post.
The show was an insanely fun night with three bands that complimented each other beautifully. The capacity crowd was into the openers and went nuts for the Thermals. DJ Cool Hand Luke spun the tunes before, between and after sets.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn's Aye Nako, who walked away with many new fans that night, have a number of upcoming hometown-area shows too. They'll play The Living Gallery on August 23 with DC post-punks Priests (who also play Death by Audio on 8/28), Tomboy and Bad Behavior; a New Brunswick show on September 5 with Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz; their previously discussed Glasslands (9/7) show with Radical Dads (who also play the Sound Bites Series on 8/18) (tickets); and finally (for now), they were added to the Bowery Ballroom (9/16) stop on the Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Tenement tour. Tickets for that Bowery Ballroom show, which is now an even greater lineup that it already was, are still available.
If you haven't heard Aye Nako's debut album, Unleash Yourself yet, it's one of the best pop punk albums of the year, and a strong recommendation. Stream it, along with a list of all Aye Nako dates, and more pictures from that Lolla afterparty, below...
As promised, we've been busy planning a surprise for Chicago this upcoming Lollapalooza weekend and it includes nine bands, two free shows, one not-free show and a lot of free beer. Join us at Ultra Lounge this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for headlining sets by Weedeater, The Thermals and Russian Circles. More details in the flyer above, and below....
Thursday's show, part of a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-sponsored tour, will set you back $15 and you're on your own for beverages, but Friday and Saturday are both free (the ticket price and the Sapporo!). The free shows are first come, first served (and 21+). No RSVP necessary.
Joining us and BV Chicago on Friday with The Thermals will be two bands both flying in just for this show from NYC. You'll get some fuzzy indie rock courtesy of Heliotropes and get to experience the lo-fi/indie pop punk sounds of Aye Nako. Saturday we keep it completely local with opening sets by instrumental rock quartet An Aesthetic Anaesthetic and Chicago's own Carbon Tigers. DJ Cool Hand Luke will keep the tunes going until 3am on Friday and Saturday night. Hope to see you there.
Lollapalooza (more by James Richards IV)
Lollapalooza is coming to Chicago's Grant Park August 2nd, 3rd & 4th.
Like we did recently at Firefly (see HERE, HERE and HERE), BrooklynVegan will be set up each day of Lolla inside the Soundwave Tent from 1-3pm. If you look at the festival map, you'll see our space there right above the BMI Stage. That's where we'll be hosting live interviews and performances by a bunch of artists along with our stage hosts Billy Jones and the one and only Chris Gethard. Stay tuned for our full schedule next week to be posted on BrooklynVegan & BV Chicago, and can't wait to chow down with you in Chow Town (especially at the River Valley Ranch booth).
BrooklynVegan is also hosting a series of late shows that weekend in Chicago starting with the Weedeater show at Ultra Lounge on Thursday (tickets), Then comes a FREE Thermals show on Friday, and a FREE Russian Circles show on Saturday. More details about the last two will be posted on BV Chicago on Monday (follow @BVChicago on Twitter too).
Meanwhile it's only 7/26 while I'm typing this, and the festival we're excited about this weekend is in Rhode Island.
* pictures from Lollapalooza 2012
* Weedeater going on North American tour (dates, no NYC)
* Queens of the Stone Age playing a Lolla pre-show at Metro
* The Postal Service playing Metro during Lollapalooza
* Chance the Rapper playing a pre-Lolla Red Bull Sound Select show in Grant Park
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Thermals at Bowery Ballroom - 5/28/13 (via Paul Petrowsky)
The Thermals have been on the road in support of their new album, Desperate Ground, which dropped this past April via their new label home of Saddle Creek, and they swung through NYC last night (not for the first time this year) for the first night of their two-night run at Bowery Ballroom (5/28-29).
It was a great show start to finish with a triple billing of bands that blur the lines between indie rock and punk, kicking off with a set from Philly's Hop Along. Playing as a four-piece rather than their usual setup as a trio, Hop Along kicked off their set with a new song (which they said debuts on June 5), and then went into a number of cuts from their killer (and underrated) 2012 album, Get Disowned like "Laments," "Young and Happy!," "Tibetan Pop Stars" and plenty of others. The crowd was already at a pretty decent size during their set and from looking around a good deal of people towards the front knew every word.
Following them was Screaming Females, who open both Bowery Ballroom shows, and for a band who never seem to disappoint, they were especially on last night. Maybe it's because they're fresh off a tour with Garbage that mainly hit big venues, but they just sounded way too huge for Bowery Ballroom. And I might have been imagining it, but it seemed to me like they picked the songs with the most guitar solos for last night, because Marissa was wailing away almost that whole set, making it even more tremendous.
Finally, the headliners of the night, The Thermals, took the stage and kept the show on a total high. Their usual antics were intact with singer Hutch Harris only waiting about 4 songs to run off stage and play guitar in the audience, and a few songs later drummer Westin Glass was crowd surfing and high fiving everyone. As usual, their set was all high-octane pop punk with no slowing down, and included a number of classic cuts like "No Culture Icons," "Returning to the Fold," "Now We Can See," "It's Trivia" and tons more, in addition to many of the highlights from Desperate Ground. The crowd was loving it too, pushing each other around, stage diving, yelling every word, and both the crowd and band were all smiles the entire show.
The Thermals and Screaming Females do it again tonight, this time with support from Screaming Females' Don Giovanni labelmates Black Wine. Tickets for tonight's show are still available and we're also giving away a couple pairs. No pictures from last night's show unfortunately, but a couple more instagrams from the show and contest details from tonight's show are below.
Thermals @ 285 Kent, March 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Q-Tip @ Cielo
* Kim Smith @ Joe's Pub
* Dave Davies @ City Winery
* Laura Marling @ Roulette
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Secret Chiefs 3 @ The Stone
* Dawn Richard @ Gramercy Theatre
* Pantha Du Prince @ West Park Church
* Kuroma, Fort Lean, IDEATH @ Glasslands
* CAROL LIPNIK and SPOOKORAMA @ Barbes
* Della Mae, Margaret Glaspy @ The Rock Shop
* Tica Douglas, Woof Woof, Hayley Coupon @ Cameo Gallery
* Deiphago, Mutant Supremacy, Damnatum, Agrath @ Saint Vitus
* Wakey!Wakey!, Michael Daves, Ana Egge @ Rockwood Music Hall
* The Thermals, Screaming Females, Hop Along @ Bowery Ballroom
* Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Spectre Folk, King Cyst @ Knitting Factory
* A conversation with J. Cole and Elliott Wilson @ Highline Ballroom
* Apache Dropout, Blank Realm, Three Tsunamis, Pop Zeus @ Death By Audio
* John Talabot, Pional, Lemonade, JDH & Dave P @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gobby, SFV Acid, Fur, Kuhrye-oo, Ian Isia, fLako, Pick A Piper, Shadowbox, Lavina Yelb, Kraftmatiks @ Le Baron
* You Bred Raptors?, Two Seconds to Midnight, Pillow Theory, The Karma Exchange, Dave Wanamaker @ The Mercury Lounge
The Thermals bring their tour in support of their new Desperate Ground LP to NYC for their first of two Bowery Ballroom shows tonight. As discussed, Screaming Females open both dates, and Hop Along opens tonights show. Since we last spoke, Don GIovanni band Black Wine were added to Wednesday's (5/29) show.
Back in March, The Thermals came to NYC for a few shows including Ace Hotel's '5 at 5' series. Check out a video of them playing an acoustic version of "You Will Be Free" from their new album at that Ace Hotel show, below.
Alex Bleeker & the Freaks' new album, How Far Away, is out today on Woodsist. The band play a record release show tonight at Knitting Factory with Spectre Folk (who count Steve Shelley as a member) and Big Troubles side project King Cyst. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. You can also listen to the album in the Knit's front room at 6PM where it'll be spinning on vinyl. You can also bring your own vinyl and they'll play it too as part of the club's new Tuesday series, Release and Rewind. The front room is free. You can stream a track from their new album below.
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Screaming Females in LA in 2012 (more by Wei Shi)
As mentioned, Philly band Hop Along were recently added to The Thermals' upcoming shows at Bowery Ballroom on May 28, making for a great double bill. Making both shows even more desirable is the just-announced addition of Screaming Females to both shows too! Tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, if you have any questions for The Thermals, they're participating in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" today (4/17) at 4 PM EDT.
Speaking of available tickets, Screaming Females' show at Maxwell's this Saturday (4/20, also #RSD13 which they have a 7" for) with Shellshag is nearing sellout. Get tickets while you can. Updated Screaming Females tour dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, The Thermals are releasing a new album, Desperate Ground, on April 16 via Saddle Creek, and they'll be going on a tour to support it which hits NYC on May 28 and 29 at Bowery Ballroom. When those dates were first announced, no openers had been revealed yet, but we now know that support on the 5/28 show will come from Hop Along. Their 2012 album, Get Disowned, was one of the great and often overlooked albums of that year, and they'll be a solid fit on a bill with The Thermals. Tickets for both Bowery Ballroom shows are still available.
UPDATE: You can now stream Desperate Ground in its entirety at Pitchfork
The Thermals are also putting out a Record Store Day release, Desperate Ground Demos, which includes demos of four tracks -- "The Sword By My Side," "Born to Kill," "You Will Find Me," and "The Sunset" -- from the new album that were recorded at home by the band on a 4-track. The album art for that 7" is below.
Hop Along also open The Thermals' Philly date, but both of those shows happen after they tour Europe with The Sidekicks. All dates are listed, along with a stream of Get Disowned and the Thermals album art, below...
photos by Kevin Figueroa
The Thermals at BrooklynVegan SXSW 2013 day party
As mentioned, The Thermals are releasing their new album, Desperate Ground, on April 17 via their new label home, Saddle Creek. You've already heard and seen the video for its first single, "Born to Kill," and now they've released a second equally good single, "The Sunset." Maybe you heard it when they played it, along with a bunch of other new songs, at their recent 285 Kent show. The song's lyric video and a download widget for the track are below.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream and more pictures, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Westin from The Thermals running into the crowd
The Thermals played some NYC shows earlier this month including a sweaty, partially nude show at 285 Kent, and then made their way to Austin for SXSW where they played a number of shows, including a great set at the BrooklynVegan Friday day party. We already posted some pictures from that party, and you can check out another set of pictures of The Thermals in this post.
They used their recent shows to preview material off of their new album, Desperate Ground (due out 4/17 via Saddle Creek). Those new songs sounded great at the shows but now we'll get a chance to see The Thermals after getting to know the new songs, because they've just announced a tour which kicks off in in their hometown of Portland on April 20 and continues through the US and Canada into June. The tour hits NYC for a two-night run at Bowery Ballroom on May 28 and 29. Tickets for both nights go on sale Friday, March 29 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/27) at noon.
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Polyphonic Spree/Thermals/Diamond Rings
The Main was packed for our Friday SXSWS day party (3/15). That includes the the actual stage, as all 23 members of The Polyphonic Spree on hand to headline. The Spree's joyous set ended with their cover of Nirvana's "Lithium" that had the whole place singing. Diamond Rings -- who now count Miracle Fortress/Think About Life's Graham Van Pelt as a touring memeber -- tore the place up too with one of the most fun sets on our stage this week. So did The Thermals, for that matter. The Main also saw sets from UK neo-postpunk act TOY, Swedish pop vets Shout Out Louds, Akron/Family, and Montreal's Half Moon Run. The Jr. stage was curated by our loud brethren at Invisible Oranges (and Heavy Dicks) and will have pics of that carnage soon. Meanwhile, dig into more of Friday's action from The Main below.
In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River.We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers, and free vegan breakfast tacos from Pink Avocado. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, M for Montreal, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, ASCAP, MailChimp and Redigi.
Today (3/16) is the final free BV SXSW day party at The Main and The Jr. The fun starts at noon CDT and The Main stage is co-presented by our friends at Pianos and features Unknown Mortal Orchestra, A Place to Bury Strangers, Austra, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Autre Ne Veut and Empress of. The Jr stage has King Tuff, Dodrums, MS MR, The Orwells, Peace (UK), Feathers, White Lung, and TEEN. That is a pretty amazing line-up if we do say so ourselves.
And tonight is the offical BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges SXSW showcase with KEN Mode (who replace Pinkish Black), Homewrecker, Full of Hell, Mutilation Rights, John Baizley, and Pallbearer. If you're in Austin, come on down!
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
The Thermals at 285 Kent - 3/7/13
While it was some kind of wintry mix outside, things got pretty hot and sweaty in the packed 285 Kent last night (3/7), where The Thermals were playing a BrooklynVegan-presented show with Hilly Eye and Habibi. And if you don't believe me, just ask Hutch from The Thermals, who stripped down to his underwear to deal with the heat. The band also remained in great spirits after breaking a kick drum one song into the set, rocked the whole time, and high-fived the moshing crowd at the end of their set. It was all pretty inspiring to see in a DIY club from a band ten years into their career.
Because of the ten year anniversary of their first album, More Parts Per Million, they played almost the entirety of the album, ripping through its many highlights like "It's Trivia," "Back to Gray," "A Passing Feeling," "Brace and Break," and of course, "No Culture Icons." And on top of that, they also took the time to preview almost the entirety of their upcoming album, Desperate Ground, which will be out on April 16 via their new home, Saddle Creek. The band have already revealed the album's single, "Born to Kill," (which they played last night), and if you liked that song (or any other Thermals song for that matter), you'll like this new stuff too. It's the classic Thermals formula and just as urgent as the rest of their catalog. They also worked in a few cuts off The Body, The Blood, The Machine, which had the crowd going pretty wild, especially during "Returning To The Fold" and "Here's Your Future."
The Thermals continue on tour, hitting the NYC area again on Saturday (3/9) at Maxwell's with TEEN and Monday (3/11) at Ace Hotel for their '5 at 5' series (bands play 5 songs at 5 PM, and it's free). They'll also be in Austin for SXSW, where they'll play the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party with The Polyphonic Spree, Akron/Family, Diamond Rings, KEN Mode, Pallbearer and more.
More pictures, the setlist, and videos (via (((unartig)))) from 285 Kent below...
As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.
by Andrew Sacher
The Thermals in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Thermals are having a solid year so far with the vinyl reissues of their Sub Pop albums (out now), and signing to Saddle Creek for their new album, Desperate Ground, which from the sounds of its first single, "Born to Kill," is shaping up to be a good one. They've also got an expanding tour, which already includes a BrooklynVegan-presented show at 285 Kent on Thursday (3/7) with Hilly Eye and Habibi and another NYC-area date on Saturday (3/9) at Maxwell's with TEEN.
We're happy to announce that they'll stick around NYC for a third show in the area, which happens on Monday (3/11) at Ace Hotel as part of the Bowery Presents/Martin Guitar '5 at 5' series. If you're unfamiliar, the series will have the band doing a free 5-song set at 5 PM in the Ace Hotel lobby. The flyer for that show is below. The Thermals' tour also hits Austin for SXSW, where they will play a BrooklynVegan day party on the Friday (3/15).
Updated Thermals dates are listed, along with the show flyer and a stream of "Born to Kill," below...
The Thermals in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, scrappy pop punks The Thermals will release their sixth album, and first for Saddle Creek, Desperate Ground, on April 16. The band just revealed their first taste of the new album with "Born to Kill," a quick, unrelenting ripper that benefits from John Agnello's thick, raw-but-clear production. You can watch a lyric video for the track and download it exchange for your email address below (via SPIN).
As mentioned, The Thermals will be touring this year and hitting the NYC area for a BrooklynVegan-presented show on March 7 at 285 Kent with Habibi and Hilly Eye (tickets) and March 9 at Maxwell's with TEEN (tickets).
Song stream below...
As discussed, in addition to reissuing their three Sub Pop LPs this March, The Thermals are releasing a new album this year, and details on that have finally arrived. The band have signed with Saddle Creek for the new album, a label they have "known and admired for many years." According to a press release:
The Thermals and Saddle Creek have a long history of sleeping on floors together: The Thermals have toured with Cursive and Ladyfinger, and Hutch and Kathy organized the first Bright Eyes show in Portland way back in 1999.The new album is called Desperate Ground and it will be out April 16. That's the album art above and the tracklist is below. Desperate Ground was produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr).
As mentioned, The Thermals will be touring their way to SXSW this March and stopping in the NYC area for a BrooklynVegan-presented show on March 7 at 285 Kent with Habibi (tickets) and another on March 9 at Maxwell's with TEEN (tickets).
Desperate Ground tracklist below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Hilly Eye at Glasslands - 1/26/13
Hilly Eye played a record release show for Reasons to Live, which is out now on Don Giovanni, in Brooklyn at Glasslands on Saturday (1/26) with Sleepies and Advaeta. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
They have other shows coming up including the Don Giovanni Brooklyn showcase in February and they've been added to our BrooklynVegan-presented Thermals show at 285 Kent (3/7), which Habibi will also play. Tickets for that show are still available.
More pictures from Glasslands and an updated list of Hilly Eye dates below...
The Thermals in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
It's been ten years since The Thermals released their great, scrappy debut, More Parts Per Million, and as mentioned, their sixth album will come out at some point this year. No release date or title has been announced for that yet, but the band did reveal that they'll reissue their first three albums (aka the three albums that came out on Sub Pop) on March 5 on vinyl. Those albums, in addition to More Parts Per Million, include Fuckin' A and The Body, The Blood, The Machine, plus the rare "No Culture Icons" 7".
The Thermals will also be touring this way to SXSW this March, and on the way they'll play two NYC areas. We at BrooklynVegan are proudly presenting the Brooklyn show on March 7 at 285 Kent with Habibi, and tickets for that show are on sale now. The band will also play a Hoboken show at Maxwell's on March 9 and tickets for that one go on sale today (1/24) at noon.
A list of all dates and the classic video for "No Culture Icons" below...
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
The Thermals, 2012
This press release just came:
The Thermals have recently finished recording their sixth LP (title and label TBA) with John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Hold Steady) at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ. Mixing was completed October 28th, just hours before Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast.Woo hoo!
The Thermals hope to have the new record released in early spring of 2013, and will be making (m)an(y) appearance(s) at SXSW in March. Almost two and a half years have passed since their last record, Personal Life (Kill Rock Stars, 2010) came out. But as David Lynch told Louis C.K. in his three rules for show business, "You gotta go away to come back".
The Thermals describe the upcoming album as "Everything Thermals fans know and love about this band. It's like a cross between two of our best-known and -loved records, More Parts Per Million (Sub Pop, 2003) and The Body, The Blood, The Machine (Sub Pop, 2006.) It's loud, fast, incredibly scary and undeniably catchy."
This good news of course comes not long after really bad news related to the Themals, as their ex-bandmate Joel Burrows passed away not long after they finished the new recording.
Joel Burrows with The Thermals @ BV CMJ day party 2006 (more)
Joel Burrows, longtime local musician and fixture of the Portland music scene, has passed away. Burrows performed with many Portland bands and was a talented multi-instrumentalist, playing drums for the Minders and guitar in the Thermals, among his contributions for many other bands. In early 2011, Burrows was struck by a van as he crossed the street and suffered a serious head injury. He spent following months in the ICU and fought valiantly for his life. Burrows made substantial progress and was able to leave the hospital to live in an assisted living facility for people with brain injuries. -[Portland Mercury]Rest in peace, Joel.
Joel only spent a short time in The Thermals, part of which was spent in NYC for CMJ 2006. We were honored to host him and the rest of the band in the basement of Fontana's that year.