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The Thermals

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Post / Pop / Punk - Portland, USA


 The Thermals are a three piece post-pop-punk band from Portland, Oregon, currently the main exporter of indie rock in the United States. Formed in early 2002, The Thermals signed to Sub Pop Records that fall, on the recommendation of Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie). They have since released three records on the label.

The Thermals debut LP, "More Parts Per Million", was conceived and recorded in the kitchenette of singer Hutch Harris's old house, a "love shack" of sorts, known as The Moss Motel, in Southeast Portland. The album was recorded on a 4-track cassette machine, with total recording costs around $10, no shit! "MPPM" was then mixed by Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla at The Hall Of Justice in Seattle, Washington. A blistering slice of no-fi, "MPPM" was dubbed everything from "un-listenable" to "very fucking listenable".

The Thermals returned to Seattle for their second LP, "Fuckin' A". They re-teamed with Walla, who manned all recording and mixing duties this time around, at Seattle's famed Avast studio. With a sound more in the mid- to some-fi area, "Fuckin' A" achieved the main goal The Thermals had in mind while creating it, which was to receive a parental warning sticker.

For their third and latest LP, "The Body, The Blood, The Machine", The Thermals hired Brendan Canty of Fugazi to produce their record. It was recorded at Supernatural Sound in Oregon City. With a wider and brighter sound than their first two LP's, The Thermals cemented their position as the true leaders of the pot-pop-punk (non-)movement. The album tells the story of a young couple who must flee a United States governed by fascist faux-Christians. "TBTBTM" has been critically applauded and was featured in many Best-Of-2006 lists, including Pitchfork, Spin, NPR, and The Onion's A.V. Club.

The Thermals are well known for their joyously punishing live shows and they are probably most famous for their contributions to three-chord punk. Their crowning achievement came in spring of 2006, when they discovered a fourth chord. It's F# minor, in case you were wondering. They are currently touring their heinies off, and should soon be recording a 4th LP, tentatively titled "One Special Enjoy".

The Thermals were raised to follow a strict d.i.y (do it yourself) ethic, though lately they find themselves leaning toward a more s.e.d.i.f.y. (somebody else does it for you) lifestyle.

The Thermals are:

Hutch Harris (Guitar and Vocals)

Kathy Foster (Bass)

Lorin Coleman (Drums)


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