Damn, Thermals, back at it again! Sorry. But it’s true: after three years, the Portland group has returned with their seventh LP We Disappear and a cross country tour beginning in April. On the new album, singer Hutch Harris veers sharply from the band’s usual fiction, lending his distinct voice to personal tales of heartache and loneliness.

“Into the Code” kicks off with a rip roaring, grunge infused bass line, followed by “Hey You,” a pop rock reverie featuring the Grim Reaper. In “My Heart Went Cold,” post-relationship realizations are paired with a relentlessly catchy tune. It’s odd, but it works. “A lot of the record is about regret,” explains Harris, “still loving someone after a break-up and hanging on to these feelings.” The band calls album standout ‘Thinking of You’,  “one of the most straight-forward love songs we’ve ever written…it’s a song that says exactly what it means.”


Produced by Chris Walla, We Disappear is an unabashedly sincere examination of modern life. Technology, love and death are big themes throughout. The lyrics drift over social-media ennui, fear of insignificance, and the absurdity/necessity of love. There is a definite shift in message on this one, it’s much more vulnerable than past works. The overall sound however, is very much The Thermals; long time fans and those of us who miss noughties indie should be pleased.


We Disappear comes out on March 25th, via Saddle Creek. Check out the US tour dates for the band below.

Tour Dates:

04/16/16 Spokane, WA – The Bartlett TICKETS HERE

04/19/16 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club TICKETS HERE

04/20/16 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall TICKETS HERE

04/21/16 Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig TICKETS HERE

04/22/16 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop TICKETS HERE

04/24/16 NYC – Bowery Ballroom TICKETS HERE

04/25/16 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair TICKETS HERE

04/26/16 Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre TICKETS HERE

04/28/16 Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel TICKETS HERE

04/29/16 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer TICKETS HERE

04/30/16 Washington, DC – Black Cat TICKETS HERE

05/01/16 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe TICKETS HERE

05/03/16 Indianapolis, IA – The Hi-Fi TICKETS HERE

05/04/16 Paducah, KY – Maiden Alley Cinema TICKETS HERE

05/05/16 St. Louis, MO – Firebird TICKETS HERE

05/06/16 Omaha, NE – Slowdown TICKETS HERE

05/07/16 Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge TICKETS HERE

05/08/16 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge TICKETS HERE

05/12/16 Seattle, WA – Neumos TICKETS HERE

05/13/16 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom TICKETS HERE

05/14/16 Eugene, OR – HiFi TICKETS HERE 

05/15/16 Arcata, CA – Richard’s Miniplex TICKET LINK COMING SOON

05/17/16 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel TICKETS HERE

05/19/16 Los Angeles, CA – Teregram Ballroom TICKETS HERE

05/20/16 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar TICKETS HERE

ALL SHOWS (Except Seattle) with Summer Cannibals


Article: Stephanie Moise



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