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

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