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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.   Thinking of You
  12.   Brace and Break
  13.   You Will Be Free
  14.   Out of the Old and Thin
  15.   Hey You
  16.   My Heart Went Cold
  17.   Into the Code
  18.   Faces Stay with Me
  19.   You Changed My Life
  20.   Power Lies
  21.   Only for You
  22.   Not Like Any Other Feeling
  23.   Returning to the Fold
  24.   A Stare Like Yours
  25.   Back to Gray
  26.   Our Love Survives
  27.   The Great Dying
  28.   Your Love Is So Strong
  29.   My Little Machine
  30.   You Will Find Me
  31.   Forward
  32.   Years in a Day
  33.   Let Your Earth Quake, Baby
  34.   Time Fell
  35.   Top of the Earth
  36.   Never Listen To Me
  37.   It's Trivia
  38.   Where I Stand
  39.   The Sword by My Side
  40.   The Howl of the Winds
  41.   Our Trip
  42.   A Reflection
  43.   So Hot Now by The Cribs
  44.   Always Never Be
  45.   End to Begin
  46.   Remember Today
  47.   I Hold the Sound
  48.   A Passing Feeling
  49.   Power Doesn't Run on Nothing
  50.   Born to Kill
  51.   You Dissolve
  52.   When I Died
  53.   I Go Alone
  54.   Alone, A Fool
  55.   An Endless Supply
  56.   We Were Sick
  57.   The Sunset
  58.   Capture With a Magnet
  59.   Descender by Point Line Plane
  60.   Back to the Sea
  61.   Born Dead
  62.   In Every Way
  63.   Canada
  64.   Time to Lose
  65.   When You're Thrown
  66.   Goddamn the Light
  67.   Overgrown, Overblown!
  68.   White Rabbit
  69.   Everything Thermals
  70.   There's Nothing You Can't Learn
  71.   Ballad of Big Nothing
  72.   I'm Gonna Change Your Life
  73.   Separate by The Cribs
  74.   Keep Time
  75.   The Walls
  76.   I Might Need You to Kill
  77.   If We Don't Die Today
  78.   Every Stitch
  79.   An Ear for Baby
  80.   Test Pattern
  81.   There is Always a Reason

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