The Thermals came together in 2002 with Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster, former band mates, and most notably in the folk duo Hutch & Kathy. Their first album, More Parts per Million, was released in 2003 by Sub Pop Records. The album was recorded and performed entirely by Hutch Harris, who played every instrument. The first live line-up was Harris with Kathy Foster on bass, Jordan Hudson (also of M. Ward) on drums and Ben Barnett on guitar [2] Their follow up album Fuckin A was mixed by Death Cab For Cutie member Chris Walla.[3] during that period Ben Barnett left the band and Hutch Harris took over the role as guitarist.

Their third album, The Body, The Blood, The Machine, won the group much recognition and acclaim, appearing on multiple top album lists for 2006 such as NPR, The AV Club and Pitchfork.[4] Jordan Hudson dropped out of the band during the recording of their third album. Kathy Foster took over percussion duties in the recording studio, which Lorin Coleman performed on tour.[5] 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.[6]

The Thermals’ fourth album, Now We Can See, was released on the label, Kill Rock Stars, and produced by John Congleton. Again, Foster worked as the percussionist on the album. Westin Glass joined the group as a drummer after the album was finished and is the current percussionist.

The Thermals fifth album, Personal Life was released September 7, 2010.

The Thermals’ cover of the song “Little Boxes” was used as the opening song for Weeds season 8 episode 8, “Five Miles From Yetzer Hara” which aired on August 19, 2012.

In October 2012, former guitarist Joel Burrows died from complications from a car accident.

The Thermals Release Sword By My Side Video Game; The Thermals latest album Desperate Ground is Out Now On Saddle Creek Records.

The Thermals Release New Video Game

You thought The Thermals were just three lovable underdogs from Portland who bonded over a shared fondness for weed and Spiderman movies? Wrong. They actually decided to write their first song shortly after bassist Kathy Foster navigated a vile hellscape,

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The Thermals Announce December Tour Dates With Beach Day; New Album Desperate Ground Out Now On Saddle Creek.

The Thermals Announce Tour With Beach Day

The Thermals have announced a December tour in support of their new album Desperate Ground out now on Saddle Creek. The Thermals said, “”Florida, we are coming from you! a whole week in December devoted to only your lovely state. All upcoming shows are with Beach Day.

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The Thermals Release "The Sunset" Behind The Scenes Video; US and European Tour Dates Announced

The Thermals Release Behind The Scenes Video

The Thermals have just released a behind the scenes video for “The Sunset” from the band’s new album Desperate Ground out now on Saddle Creek. For their latest video, “The Sunset”, Thermals bassist Kathy Foster took lessons from professional boxer Molly McConnell to prepare for her role as “The Boxer”.

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The Thermals Sign To Saddle Creek

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:

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