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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.   No Culture Icons
  10.   St. Rosa & the Swallows
  11.   Born to Kill
  12.   Only for You
  13.   Your Love Is So Strong
  14.   Our Love Survives
  15.   Where I Stand
  16.   A Passing Feeling
  17.   Descender by Point Line Plane
  18.   Every Stitch
  19.   It's Trivia
  20.   Everything Thermals
  21.   Back to Gray
  22.   The Sword by My Side
  23.   Out of the Old and Thin
  24.   Canada
  25.   Capture With a Magnet
  26.   Ballad of Big Nothing
  27.   Thinking of You
  28.   Returning to the Fold
  29.   Never Listen To Me
  30.   I Go Alone
  31.   Born Dead
  32.   Back to the Sea
  33.   You Will Be Free
  34.   End to Begin
  35.   Top of the Earth
  36.   When You're Thrown
  37.   The Walls
  38.   There is Always a Reason
  39.   Remember Today
  40.   Let Your Earth Quake, Baby
  41.   When I Died
  42.   Time to Lose
  43.   Into the Code
  44.   You Dissolve
  45.   We Were Sick
  46.   Alone, A Fool
  47.   Power Lies
  48.   Test Pattern
  49.   White Rabbit
  50.   Hey You
  51.   Separate by The Cribs
  52.   The Sunset
  53.   In Every Way
  54.   An Ear for Baby
  55.   Years in a Day
  56.   Faces Stay with Me
  57.   So Hot Now by The Cribs
  58.   A Reflection
  59.   An Endless Supply
  60.   If We Don't Die Today
  61.   The Howl of the Winds
  62.   Goddamn the Light
  63.   Time Fell
  64.   You Changed My Life
  65.   I'm Gonna Change Your Life
  66.   There's Nothing You Can't Learn
  67.   Our Trip
  68.   Always Never Be
  69.   I Might Need You to Kill
  70.   Not Like Any Other Feeling
  71.   A Stare Like Yours
  72.   My Little Machine
  73.   The Great Dying
  74.   My Heart Went Cold
  75.   Brace and Break
  76.   You Will Find Me
  77.   Overgrown, Overblown!
  78.   Forward
  79.   Keep Time
  80.   I Hold the Sound
  81.   Power Doesn't Run on Nothing

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