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Album Review

The days of the lo-fi, rambunctious Thermals are firmly put to rest on their 2009 album "Now We Can See." The almost violent youthful energy of the duo's (Hutch Harris on guitar, vocals, and words, Kathy Foster on drums and bass) first records has slowly changed into something more measured musically and more thoughtful lyrically. "Now We Can See" has an ultra-hooky chorus and a nice, rollicking riff, "You Dissolve" brings in some piano to brighten the sound and most promisingly, "At the Bottom of the Sea" is a restrained, moody ballad that shows a possible way forward for the band.


Formed: May, 2002 in Portland, OR

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A Portland-based supergroup of sorts, the Thermals originally featured Kind of Like Spitting's Ben Barnett and the Operacycle's Jordan Hudson, plus Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster of the twee/folk-pop duo Hutch & Kathy and the All Girl Summer Fun Band. The group formed in early 2002 as a way for its members to play just for the fun of it, but their insistent melodies and punk-inspired urgency quickly won them a local following. Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard became one of the Thermals' first fans...
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