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

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