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.
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.
their LA show at the echoplex was so much fun. uh, crowd surfers much? kathy has such a sweet smile too. check out photos on prefix: http://www.prefixmag.com/photos/the-thermals-joyce-manor-dunes-death-hymn-number-9/#photo-1