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

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