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The Thermals

A Portland-based supergroup of sorts, the Thermals originally featured Kind of Like Spitting's Ben Barnett and the Operacycle's Jordan Hudson, plus Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster of the twee/folk-pop duo Hutch & Kathy and the All Girl Summer Fun Band. The group formed in early 2002 as a way for its members to play just for the fun of it, but their insistent melodies and punk-inspired urgency quickly won them a local following. Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard became one of the Thermals' first fans and got the group in touch with Sub Pop, which signed them within four months of the band's formation. The label released a single with the band in January of 2003, followed by their full-length More Parts Per Million later that spring. Fuckin A, the Thermals' sophomore effort, appeared in mid-2004. In the midst of recording their third full-length, however, founding drummer Jordan Hudson left the group. Foster and Harris resumed recording and played all the instruments themselves, with the resulting The Body, the Blood, the Machine being released in 2006. Drummer Caitlin Love joined the Thermals just in time for a European tour that spring. Lorin Coleman, of the Portland indie rock act Virga, was added on drums in late summer, and auxiliary guitarist Joel Burrows briefly joined as well. The quartet dissolved in 2008, however, once again leaving Foster and Harris as the band's only members. Following their departure from Sub Pop's roster, the Thermals signed with Kill Rock Stars and released Now We Can See in April 2009, followed by Personal Life in 2010. In 2012, the band's cover of the Malvina Reynolds song "Little Boxes" was used in the opening of an episode of the Showtime series Weeds. In January of 2013, the Thermals found themselves switching labels once again, this time to the Omaha, Nebraska-based Saddle Creek. Adding drummer Westin Glass, the band recorded and released its sixth album, Desperate Ground, by April 2013. In early 2015, Harris and Foster spent time touring as Hutch & Kathy to celebrate a re-release of their Hutch & Kathy record from 2002. The trio got back together soon after and started work on its next record. The reliably fiery We Disappear was released in early 2016. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   A Pillar of Salt
  3.   Here's Your Future
  4.   How We Know
  5.   Now We Can See
  6.   I Don't Believe You
  7.   God and Country
  8.   I Know the Pattern
  9.   St. Rosa & the Swallows
  10.   No Culture Icons
  11.   A Passing Feeling
  12.   Not Like Any Other Feeling
  13.   Faces Stay with Me
  14.   Out of the Old and Thin
  15.   Thinking of You
  16.   There is Always a Reason
  17.   We Were Sick
  18.   Overgrown, Overblown!
  19.   The Sword by My Side
  20.   Remember Today
  21.   Never Listen To Me
  22.   Everything Thermals
  23.   Separate by The Cribs
  24.   The Great Dying
  25.   The Howl of the Winds
  26.   I Hold the Sound
  27.   Always Never Be
  28.   Our Trip
  29.   In Every Way
  30.   I'm Gonna Change Your Life
  31.   Keep Time
  32.   When You're Thrown
  33.   Hey You
  34.   Only for You
  35.   Every Stitch
  36.   Your Love Is So Strong
  37.   Our Love Survives
  38.   You Will Find Me
  39.   End to Begin
  40.   Time to Lose
  41.   Let Your Earth Quake, Baby
  42.   You Changed My Life
  43.   Top of the Earth
  44.   Returning to the Fold
  45.   You Will Be Free
  46.   When I Died
  47.   Brace and Break
  48.   The Sunset
  49.   Capture With a Magnet
  50.   Forward
  51.   White Rabbit
  52.   There's Nothing You Can't Learn
  53.   Power Doesn't Run on Nothing
  54.   A Stare Like Yours
  55.   It's Trivia
  56.   Where I Stand
  57.   A Reflection
  58.   Born to Kill
  59.   You Dissolve
  60.   Test Pattern
  61.   Power Lies
  62.   An Ear for Baby
  63.   Canada
  64.   An Endless Supply
  65.   I Might Need You to Kill
  66.   Back to the Sea
  67.   I Go Alone
  68.   So Hot Now by The Cribs
  69.   Born Dead
  70.   Ballad of Big Nothing
  71.   My Little Machine
  72.   Back to Gray
  73.   Goddamn the Light
  74.   Alone, A Fool
  75.   Descender by Point Line Plane
  76.   The Walls
  77.   If We Don't Die Today
  78.   Time Fell
  79.   Into the Code
  80.   Years in a Day
  81.   My Heart Went Cold

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