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

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