The Thermals Sign To Saddle Creek; New Album Desperate Ground Out April 16

By on January 31, 2013


The Thermals are pleased to announce they have signed to Saddle Creek, a label the band has 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 a post-pop-punk trio from pre-Portlandia-Portland, Oregon. The band formed in 2002 and has since released five records and toured fifteen countries. The Thermals’ sixth LP and debut for Saddle Creek, Desperate Ground will be released April 16 and is available now for pre-order at the Saddle Creek Online Store. The album 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.


The Thermals are Hutch Harris, Kathy Foster and Westin Glass.


Desperate Ground track list:


1. Born To Kill

2. You Will Be Free

3. The Sunset

4. I Go Alone

5. The Sword By My Side

6. You Will Find Me

7. Faces Stay With Me

8. The Howl Of The Winds

9. Where I Stand

10. Our Love Survives


The Thermals will be touring their gennies off for the next few years in support of Desperate Ground. Some upcoming dates below, with many more to be announced. Please “like” The Thermals on Facebook even if you only “kind of like” them in real life.


03.01 – San Francisco, CA – Noise Pop (@ Rickshaw Stop)

03.02 – Cupertino, CA @ Homestead Lanes Bowling Alley

03.07 – Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent

03.08 – Clinton, NY @ Beinekie Events Barn @ Hamilton College

03.09 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s

03.13 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

03.14 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

03.15 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

03.16 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

03.18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex (Check Yo Ponytail)


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Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.