Post-SubPop Magicians: The Thermals at Capitol Hill Block Party

CHBP Set Time: 11:00PM to 12:00AM Saturday July 26th The Vera Stage

With a singer that sort of sounds just slightest little tiny bit like Gordon Gano of The Violent Femmes, and guitars that mix heavy chords found in punk music and single notes found in pop music, The Thermals are hard to describe unless you have heard of Sub Pop records. Sub Pop is one of the last hopes for indie music. Their musicians show a wide range of experimental, weird, and post pop bands that push the boundaries of music genres. The Thermals being the outcasts that they are, fit perfectly in the Sub Pop Records’ line up with catchy music that has a taste of irony and sincerity.

The Thermals have some short choppily sung songs, some heavily gained songs, and some song that just sound plain happy. They can give a full spectrum of emotions and a full sound that I am very excited to see live. The energy that I hear through their recorded songs remind me of fun punk bands, but I am simply left wondering if their live presence will live up. The Thermals are a band that I do not have much experience with but I am very excited to see them especially to hear songs off of their latest grainy album Desperate Ground. If you are looking for a song recommendation I would recommend the Sunset, it has a good tempo that shows both pop and punk roots.

Marcus Shriver / A Dry Water Bottle / KSUB Community Outreach Director

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