June 22, 2010

The Thermals - Now We Can See

Kathy Foster and Hutch Harris make up the base of The Thermals, who have a really distinct sound, filled with guitar riffs, drums, and well, that pretty much sums it up. However, the duo's latest record, Now We Can See, is ridiculously catchy. They primarily blast out the first three tunes, and Harris' voice drifts in and out of singing speaking, if you know what I mean. Then comes the title track which was released as their single for the album.

The surprisingly hard to say 'Oh-ay-ah-oo-ah-oh's' opens the song, which is drums-driven, for the most part. Harris sings about, well, being born in a desert and then killing everything, but then maturing, so 'now he can see', so now he's so important and such a big deal that he doesn't need to admit his mistakes. Really nice.

Anyways, the album slows down a bit, but continues to have a steady beat, and Harris always has a tune that you just can't get out of your head! The later songs Liquid In, Liquid Out and How We Fade rally back for a strong finish to the album.

The band's is signed onto Kill Rock Stars records, so these guys aren't out there to become really famous. Which is great. Too bad it's not self-released. Then it would be just sweet. But it definitely deserves a solid 8 out of 10.


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