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

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