Entries tagged with: The Thermals
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.
Of Montreal at Webster Hall in March 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Jens Lekman/Of Montreal/Thermals/Beach Fossils show on June 15, part of the Northside Festival, has been moved from Williamsburg Park to McCarren Park where the Northside shows were last year. Here's the reason from the Northside folks:
Since we'll be starting SummerScreen in early July, we thought it would be best to keep all our shows in your favorite neighborhood park, so we're coming home to the corner of Berry and N. 12th St, smack dab in the middle of Williamsburg, and a short jaunt from the Bedford L Train.And if you don't already have tickets, they're still available -- or you can use your Northside badge if you have one of those.
If you've already bought your ticket, no worries! Just bring it to McCarren Park on the date of the show, and we'll usher you in with open arms.
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.
Five shows is now six. Jens Lekman, of Montreal, The Thermals and Beach Fossils performing an all-ages show at the new Williamsburg Park on Friday, June 15. It's what surely will be the headlining event at the 2012 Northside Festival. Entry is free on a first-come, first-served basis for Northside badge-holders, though there is no guarantee of admission if badge capacity is filled. If you don't want to take your chances with getting in with a badge, tickets ($33.50) go on sale Friday, May 11 at noon.
It's been five years since Jens Lekman's last album, Night Falls Over Kortedala. When are we getting something new? Jens' latest online missive:
The topic for the month of May is : CoffeeJens did release an EP at the end of 2011 though.
When people ask me about my production rate the last five years I sometimes say "Well you can't pour manure in an espresso machine and expect a cappucino to come out". By which I mean that some things you just go through, you don't write about them or make art out of them.
But then my friend informed me that the worlds finest and most expensive coffee is made out of the shit from a small civet. So that backfired on me.
But I've grinded these beans for you now and I finished the last mixes last night. I just have some mastering to do and some design to finish. Two-three different bands to rehearse with for the tours. Three videos to make. A million interviews to sit through. A few months to let the distributors and labels set up their plans. A summer of being worried about what you're going to think of the album. And then it will be out.
How do you take it? Milk? Sugar?
The 2012 Northside Festival happens June 14 - 17 at most of the venues in Williamsburg / Greenpoint. Badges are on sale now.
photos by Tim Griffin
It's now Saturday and Fun Fun Fun Fest's second day is already underway and streaming on Pitchfork.
Yesterday, Friday, while BBG was holding down the black stage (which Danzig eventually played), Tim (who ran into Ryan Gosling more than once), was handling most of the other music the Austin fest had to offer. A quick selection of Tim's pictures from Friday continues below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The Thermals @ Stubb's
The Matt & Kim / Thermals tour hit Terminal 5 in NYC last night (6/29). We didn't have a photographer there, but Tim did stop by the Austin show at Stubb's earlier on the tour. Pictures from that show are in this post.
More pics from Stubb's below...
Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...
"Hey world, we are going to be doing the last shot of our music video in the middle of the Brooklyn bridge at 6:30 today! Come and get wild!" - Matt & Kim, 5/3/2011
Kim of Matt & Kim reacts to the news of The Thermals playing THREE NYC-area shows around their Terminal 5 date (more by Jessica Amaya)
Seething with an unquenchable jealousy due to their future tourmates The Thermals adding THREE shows in their hometown, NYC's Matt & Kim called their agent to enact revenge, and they did it! Matt & Kim will play their own headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 25th. Tickets are on Fan Club presale now, AmEx presale begins Wed (5/4) at noon, and regular sale starts Friday (and it will probably sell out much quicker than the Thermals' shows at the Bell House).
So far, no reports have come in of The Thermals reaction to the news at Maxwell's over the weekend (they probably didn't know yet), but maybe it will be a different story when they play the NYU event on Thursday (5/5) at Le Poisson Rouge (advance tickets available for NYU students only).
Matt & Kim go on tour with The Thermals a week after the MHoW show. Lets hope they settle their differences before then or at least before the pair play a sold-out Terminal 5 on June 29th. (Note: I hope you know I'm kidding about their differences.)
Look for Matt & Kim on the Brooklyn Bridge TODAY (5/3) (see above Tweet). All tour dates and some video of what happens when Matt & Kim get angry (their "Cameras" video) is below...
Lightning Bolt at 285 Kent Ave on 4/27, photo by Kathy Zikas
"Lightning Bolt pummeled the crowed at Le Poisson Rouge [Thursday] night with their standard blitzkrieg attack of sound. For over an hour the noise duo blasted away through classics from their excellent discography sending the crowd into a near frenzy. Brian Chippendale did his best impersonation of a jackhammer playing the drums and Brian Gibson stood by, ever so effortlessly, as he turned his amps up to 11 and ripped through distorted blasts of thundering bass. Despite the breaks between songs, the non stop bombardment of escalated sound sent shock waves through the crowd that more then likely split a few ear drums. The relentless assault proved that these two men are masters of their craft as they powered aware with such force and precision that kept the crowd screaming for an encore. When the band answered the call they came back to the stage and began to tear through the epic track "Ride the Skies" which nearly sent everyone over the edge after an already incredible performance of hurricane like forces of sound crushing the crowd." [omgnyc]Lightning Bolt played Le Poisson Rouge Thursday night. It was one of two NYC dates the band played last week (they also played 285 Kent on 4/27, Wed), and the Providence duo will be back this week. NYU will host its annual Strawberry Festival (volunteer here) on Laguardia between West 3rd & 4th street on Friday May 6th with a special appearance from Lightning Bolt, as well as Pterodactyl, Ducktails, and The So So Glos. The fest goes down from 1PM until 5PM, and features food, drink, prizes, and even a DJ battle "with DJ Juan Farrakhan (BX) and DJ Jules Verne (BK, mem. FIASCO)." Unlike in years recent past, this year's event is advertised as "open to the public." More details are below.
In related news, soon after we posted about the May 5th Thermals show at Le Poisson Rouge, it was revealed that the show is actually an NYU show which would explain why advanced tickets were not easy to get. Note that "Advance tickets are only available for NYU. Non-nyu tickets available day of at doors." If you can get a ticket though, the show is a bargain: $7 for students, $10 for non-nyu, and both Twin Shadow and Tyvek were added to the very impressive Cinco de Mayo bill. Though:
IMPORTANT NOTE: those event times are NOT A MISPRINT. The doors for LPR will be open at 6, the first act goes on around 7, and this show WILL BE OVER AROUND 10. GET THERE EARLY.NYU students can get tix at Ticket Central.
Twin Shadow meanwhile is out on tour with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and will in fact open the May 6th show at Webster Hall. Tickets are still on sale. All TS dates are listed below.
The Thermals played Maxwell's with Dinowalrus last night (5/1), and in addition to the Le Poisson Rouge show, they're playing NYC at the Bell House in July after their tour with Matt & Kim. Tickets are still on sale.
Strawberry Festival details and Twin Shadow tour dates below...
The Thermals recently announced an NYC show that's happening July 1st at The Bell House after their tour with Matt & Kim, but no need to wait that long to get a dose of the Portland band. They've announced another PAIR of shows.... and in the next two weeks! Tickets are on sale for both a May 1st appearance at Maxwell's as well as a May 5th show at Le Poisson Rouge, both occurring weeks before their North American tour even begins.
The Thermals are currently touring through Europe with The Coathangers. Updated tour dates are below.
"Art is made up of moments. Moments of inspiration. Power. Emotion. Grace. Passion. These moments collided in Paris in 1911 and changed the path of art and conventional creativity. There will be another spectacular convergence exactly 100 years later.Bands playing the Philly fest include Blitz the Ambassador, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and The Thermals who play two hours before Sharon on the Pine Street Stage on April 30th.
Philadelphia, April 7, 2011 - May 1, 2011. Introducing the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.
Together we will create a city inspired, featuring artistic expression from across our region and around the world. And the world will be invited to join us in a new moment of innovation, collaboration and creativity."
The Philly show is currently scheduled as a one-off for the Portland band who will have finished a European tour eight days earlier and who don't start their tour with Matt & Kim until after Sasquatch at the end of May. That tour ends in Boston on 6/30, one day after they play a sold out show at Terminal 5. One day later, July 1st, the Thermals return to NYC to play their own headlining show at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale now.