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Portland, United States (2002 – present)

The Thermals are a pop-punk trio from Portland, Oregon. The band was formed in 2002 and has since released six records and toured fifteen countries.

The Thermals’ sixth LP and debut for Saddle Creek, Desperate Ground, was produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Hoboken, NJ. Agnello and The Thermals completed the record and evacuated the studio just hours before Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey, a fate quite fitting when you consider the product. Desperate Ground is a true scrappy and scratchy return-to-form for The Thermals, with all the raw power and unhinged adolescent energy that made their early LP’s so insanely enjoyable. Lyrically, Desperate Ground is a brash and irresponsible ode to human violence, a black celebration of the inevitability of war and death. A dark and yet joyous affair, Desperate Ground tells the (murky) tale of a lone rogue in the night. One man, one path, one sword. An unceasing urge to destroy. A never-ending battle against the forces of nature. A destiny impossible to avoid.

In early 2013 The Thermals signed to Saddle Creek, a label they’ve known and admired for many years. The Thermals and Saddle Creek have a long history of sleeping on floors together: The Thermals have toured with Cursive and Ladyfinger, and Hutch and Kathy organized the first Bright Eyes show in Portland way back in 1999.

The Thermals are most famous for turning down $50,000 from Hummer, discovering the elusive fourth chord in punk rock (F#m) and for soundtracking that scene in Weeds where Mary-Louise Parker jumps in the pot-filled pool in her underwear.


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  • emergingsynergy

    Oh thank you The Thermals for posting your lyrics!!

    28 Aug 2:55pm Reply
  • Angelight2012

    No doy mas de escuchar Born to Kill

    3 May 2:39am Reply
  • JardelRodrigues

    faces stay with me when i close my eyes

    18 Feb 5:57am Reply
  • TschulietLoisFM

    The track *now we can see*can be found in my playlist of folk sound's and hot music for (the November Rain Part 85) Sat, 23/11/2013 again.

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Marxism1


    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • spectacle12

    "we were born to sin!"

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Corylikescandy

    interview with kathy on my blog: ifpushcomestoshove_blog_spot_de (just delete the _ )

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
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    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Reindas

    "The Howl Of The Winds" ( and "Faces Stay With Me" ( unplugged at Appletree Garden Festival 2013.

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • IAmSpoonman

    The Thermals were played on Defiance episode 9!

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • no-thanks

    Additionally, if you see them, bring your earplugs. Show was on Saturday and my ear is still hurting and ringing. Really unnecessary, but it was still pretty fun.

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • jabbottman

    Such a high octane show a few weeks ago in Cleveland, if you haven't seen them in concert yet, do it up- you won't regret it!!!

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • gummishark

    Fuckin' A!

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Wolf_Cola

    Now We Can See > The Blood > Personal Life > Fuckin A > Desperate Ground > More Parts. I AM THE WORST THERMALS FAN

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • Ari-es

    These really do what they want.

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • Psyker_

    Excellent band. Best wishes.

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • _Frigo_

    Excellent, truly excellent new album. I nearly lost hope in these guys but in getting rid of the (imho lame) pop influences of the last two albums and bringing back the angst, drunken euphoria and urgency of Fuckin A and The Body... - that's really all you could wish for.

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • Fischgriller

    Hope you guys are playing some more shows in Germany!

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • nzstars

    Thank you for the great show at Sound Fortune Club in Vancouver BC You are always welcome back! Cheers

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • riot_grrrl77

    I'm disappointed in the new album. It's my first release purchase since discovering them 3 years ago and I expected a solid, epic piece -- but all the songs sound the same to me, nothing stands out and I'm at a loss when it ends. There isn't one song I really found amazing. Here's to hoping it grows on me but after a handful of listens, I feel nothing and it makes me sad to say that.

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
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