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Now We Can See is the sound of an indie band growing older. Where their previous albums are slathered in youthful fuzz and punk slop, The Thermals’ fourth record embraces pop-song craftsmanship. “When I Died” sets the tone, with its complex interplay between ebullient melodicism and dark subject matter, and “When I Was Afraid” provides further evidence in its agile deployment of power pop’s tight punch. Their skill also extends to ballads like “How We Fade”, which balances poetic abstraction with heartbroken immediacy.


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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