Release Date: Aug 22, 2006
Record label: Sub Pop
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
On The Body, the Blood, the Machine, the Thermals' third album, the band takes another step away from the inspired lo-fi racket of their debut, More Parts Per Million, and a giant leap further into politics. As they did on their previous album, Fuckin A, the band has streamlined their sound more and cleaned up the sonic mess that gave their debut such a dose of live wire electricity. Not that they've made a glossy pop record or any deal-breaking concessions to high fidelity; they just sound more professional and real.
Two years ago, Hutch Harris didn't consider the Thermals to be very punk. He described Portland's pride and joy as more of an indie pop outfit, even though their short, melodic outbursts sounded right at home next to classic cuts by the Clash and the Buzzcocks. The difference, I thought, had to be the lyrics, since there was hardly a finger's breadth of light between the Thermals two- and three-chord anthems and any number of late-'70s punk songs.