Thermals Have A Message For YOU

 

This will be a public
service announcement… with guitars.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Portland’s
Thermals have a new album, Now We Can See,
due April 7 on Kill Rock Stars. They also have a massive tour coming up and
will be all over the place at SXSW as well. We’ll have some fun stuff on the
band later this spring, but in the meantime, the band has requested a podium,
so who are we to turn down such nice folks? Take it away, Thermals! (Emphasis
words left verbatim.)

 

 

***

 

 

Hi, we’re The Thermals.  We’re a three-piece alternative/indie/punk
band.  We live in Portland, Oregon.  You know, the place all your friends are
moving.  So they can paint/record/do gravity
bong
hits, when they’re not slinging lattes at one of a thousand or so
coffee shops. 

 

 

We have some lovely neighbors here.  The Shins, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists,
The Jicks, The Blow, Blitzen Trapper, Menomena, you can stop us anytime.  What you can’t stop is the overwhelming
awesomeness of Portland’s
indie-rock scene, of which we consider ourselves an integral part, thank
you very much!

 

 

Since the summer of fear and hate (2002), we, The Thermals,
have been cranking out three-minute, no-fi sonic gems with a neo-grunge attitude.  When we’re not powering
through one of our catchy anthems, we’re racking our brains to come up with
ridiculous(ly bad) new sub-genres.  Hey,
we just thought of a new one!  Just in
time for the release of our new album, Now We Can See.  It’s totally post-power-pop.  We know, we’ve done the whole
“post-” thing before (see our 2006 opus The Body, The Blood, The
Machine
, a true post-pop-punk classic). 
We should really be so post-“post-” at this point.  But we’re not.  Do you know why, dear reader?  Because adding “post-” to any genre
AUTOMATICALLY MAKES YOUR MUSIC SOUND SMARTER. 
Actually, adding “post-” to ANY WORD OR PHRASE immediately makes
you “over” it, and therefore better than it.  Go ahead, try it!  Don’t forget to thank us when yr ass is post-broke.

 

 

But, uh, yeah, our new record.  Sorry, we got distracted.  We’re sitting on our porch writing this, and
sixty naked bicyclists just rode by. 
Portland!  We love this fuckin’ place.

 

 

Like we said, our new record is called Now We Can
See
.  We think it’s pretty good!  Pret-ty, pret-ty, pret-ty good.  Not only are the songs filled with some of
our smartest lyrics and sweetest melodies, but the recording is, for us,  another great leap in fidelity (you might
even call it hi-fidelity), thanks to producer John Congleton (Explosions In The
Sky, Polyphonic Spree), who brought massive amounts of sound and bombastic
style
to the project.

 

 

So much else is new and wonderful for us!  We have a new record label, Kill Rock
Stars
.  Not only has Kill Rock Stars
released some of Portland’s (and the Northwest’s) best punk and indie records
to date (Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, The Gossip), but the label has recently
relocated to Portland, and is quickly filling it’s roster with even more great
Portland bands (Shaky Hands, Panther, Horse Feathers).  The Thermals are thrilled to now be a part of
this family as well.  We were thrilled to
be part of the Sub Pop family for six years, but we felt it was time to
move on. 

 

 

We have a new drummer as well.  Westin Glass, formerly of Seattle’s Say Hi, joins
us (Kathy Foster and Hutch Harris) to complete the third (or so)
live line-up of The Thermals.  In
addition to (again!) touring the UK
with The Cribs this February, and playing multiple shows at SXSW in March, we
will be touring the U.S.
for two months, following the release of Now We Can See on April
7th.  We’ll be doing festivals in Europe and the U.S. all summer long, followed by a full European tour in the fall.

 

 

Whew!  We’re exhausted
already.  It’s probably time to hit
the vaporizer
again, then head out for Voodoo Doughnuts and Stumptown
Coffee.  We gotta get down to Lincoln
High, Gus Van Sant is casting 16-25 year olds for his next picture.  We can pull off 25, right?  Sure!

 

 

But only in Portland.

 

 

XOXO

The Thermals

 

 

SXSW Schedule:

 

 

03-18 – 2:30 pm: Red 7 | Terrorbird Party

03-18 – 5:00 pm: Club Deville | Kill Rock Stars Showcase

03-19 – 5:00 pm: French
Legation Museum
| Other Music Party

03-19 – 10:00 pm: Red Eyed Fly | PDX Showcase

03.20 – 1:00 pm: Radio Room | The Onion Day Party

03.20 – 3:40 pm: Club Deville | Insound Party

03.21 – 12:00 pm: Maggie Mae’s | Rachael Ray Party

03.21 – 5:30 pm: Waterloo
Park | Mess With Texas

 

 

Spring Tour Dates:

 

 

04-09 Portland,
OR @ Wonder Ballroom  

04-10 Salem,
OR @ The Grand Theater 

04-11 Seattle,
WA @ Neumos

04-22 Boise,
ID @ Neurolux

04-23 Salt Lake
City, UT @ Urban
Lounge 

04-24 Denver,
CO @ The Marquis Theater

04-25 Omaha,
NE @ Slowdown 

04-26 Minneapolis,
MN @ Triple Rock Social
Club 

04-28 Madison,
WI @ High Noon Saloon 

04-29 Chicago,
IL @ The Bottom Lounge

04-30 Ann Arbor,
MI @ Blind Pig

05-01 Cleveland,
OH @ Beachland Ballroom 

05-02 Buffalo,
NY @ Big Orbit’s Soundlab 

05-03 Toronto,
ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

05-05 Northampton,
MA @ Pearl Street 

05-06 Portland,
ME @ SPACE Gallery 

05-07 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Downstairs

05-08 New York,
NY @ Bowery Ballroom (18+) 

05-09 New York,
NY @ Bowery Ballroom (16+) 

05-12 Philadelphia,
PA @ Johnny Brenda’s 

05-13 Washington,
DC @ Black Cat 

05-14 Chapel Hill,
NC @ Local 506

05-15 Charleston,
SC @ The Pourhouse 

05-16 Atlanta,
GA @ Masquerade

05-18 Birmingham,
AL @ Bottle Tree 

05-19 Memphis,
TN @ Hi Tone Cafe 

05-20 Little Rock,
AR @ Revolution Music Room 

05-21 Dallas,
TX @ The Loft 

05-22 Austin
, TX @ Mohawk 

05-23 San Antonio,
TX @ The Warhol 

05-26 Phoenix,
AZ @ Rhythm Room 

05-27 Los Angeles,
CA @ Troubadour 

05-30 San Francisco,
CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
(21+) 

05-31 San Francisco,
CA @ Bottom Of The Hill (AA) 

 

 

 

Leave a Reply