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The Thermals are an indie/pop-punk band based in Portland, Oregonmarker, United States. The group was formed in 2002.


The Thermals were formed in 2002 by Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster, who had been band mates before, most notably the folk duo Hutch & Kathy. Their first album, More Parts per Million, was released in 2002 with band mates Jordan Hudson (on drums) and Ben Barnett (on guitar) Their follow up Fuckin A was mixed by Death Cab For Cutie member Chris Walla, although the sound remained much the same. Ben Barnett had dropped out of the band by this point, so Hutch Harris took over on guitar for this album.

Their third album, The Body, The Blood, The Machine, would win them the most recognition, appearing on multiple top album lists for 2006 (including NPR's, The AV Club's and Pitchfork's). Jordan Hudson dropped out of the band during the recording of another planned third album, so Kathy Foster took over percussion duties in the recording studio, with Lorin Coleman playing on tour. Produced by Brendan Canty of Fugazi, it was a politically charged concept album designed to showcase a path of religious tyranny that America might take.

Their most recent album Now We Can See was released on a new label, Kill Rock Stars and produced by label associate John Congleton, with Foster still working as the percussionist on the album. Westin Glass joined the group as a drummer after the album was finished and supported them on tour. He is the band's current percussionist.


Studio albums

Singles and EPs

Year Title Label
2003 No Culture Icons Sub Pop
2007 "A Pillar of Salt" Sub Pop
2008 "Returning to the Fold" Sub Pop
2009 "Now We Can See" Kill Rock Stars
2009 "We Were Sick" Kill Rock Stars

Live albums

Year Title Label
2007 Insound Tour Support 2.0 Insound
2008 LIVE at the Echoplex - December 7, 2007 Kufala Recordings


Year Title Label
2003 The Wonder of the Underground Pressed On Plastic, Vol. 1 Meow Meow
2004 Sub Pop: Patient Zero Sub Pop
2006 To Elliott: From Portland Expunged Records
2006 Terminal Sales Vol. 2: This Delicious Sub Pop
2007 Bridging the Distance: a Portland, OR covers compilation Arena Rock Recording Co.


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