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Free Track Friday - The Thermals

  • By MisterCharlie Author Avatar
  • 26 April 2013

The Thermals are a post-pop-punk trio from pre-Portlandia-Portland, Oregon and you need them in your life. The band formed in 2002 and have since released five records and toured fifteen countries. Now they've knocked together their sixth album - and debut for Saddle Creek records -  Desperate Ground was released April 15th.

The album was produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Hoboken, NJ. Agnello and The Thermals completed the record and evacuated the studio just hours before Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey, a fate quite fitting when you consider the product. Desperate Ground is a true scrappy and scratchy return-to-form for The Thermals, with all the raw power and unhinged adolescent energy that made their early LP's so insanely enjoyable. Lyrically, Desperate Ground is a brash and irresponsible ode to human violence, a black celebration of the inevitability of war and death. A dark and yet joyous affair, Desperate Ground tells the (murky) tale of a lone rogue in the night. One man, one path, one sword. An unceasing urge to destroy. A never-ending battle against the forces of nature. A destiny impossible to avoid.
The Thermals just completed a successful run at this year's SXSW Music festival. Billboard said, "Any sign that this ten-year-plus indie institution is ready to slow down was nowhere to be seen at a sweaty, energetic show at Spin's day party at SXSW" while The AV Club added that Thermals, "totally killed it in the baking sun." The Thermals just announced a European tour in support of Desperate Ground.

In advance of their tour, the band have been kind enough to let us give you a freebie - a download of their latest single, The Sunset. Like the sun itself, the song is wide, warm, and more than a little dangerous at close range. It tells the story of a man with only shadows for friends and only memories for food. Like many Thermals tracks, the song is loud, catchy, more than a little paranoid, but rich with hope. Listen and download, and check the tour dates below



12 HANNOVER BootBooHook Festival
13 RUESSELSHEIM Phono Pop Festival
14 ZURICH Rote Fabrik Sommerbühne
17 PARIS Batofar
18 HAARLEM Patronaat
20 LILLE La Péniche
22 LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
23 LONDON The Garage
24 GENT Boomtown Festival
28 LICHTENVOORDE Zwarte Cross Festival

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