Posted by: will | November 8, 2006

The Thermals…

The Thermals “The Body, The Blood, The Machine” (Sub Pop)

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The Thermals are an enigma in today’s indie rock scene. The band really sounds like nobody else. Take John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats and put his ass in a rock band and maybe you’ve got something close to The Thermals. This album shows The Thermals to be just as ambitious as The Mountain Goats as well. The Body, The Blood, The Machine is a look into what it might be to live in a fascist Christian state and the overwhelming need to escape that fate.

This release is a little different than The Thermals past efforts. The record is longer in length and considerably less lo-fi. The album was recorded by Brendan Canty of Fugazi and he really has been able to streamline the band’s sound into bigger sounding territory. That’s a plus and a minus really. Gone for the most part is the reckless abandon of the band’s earlier work. That doesn’t stop the band from some songs that seem like they are about to go off the tracks though. Album opener “Here’s Your Future” and single “A Pillar Of Salt” are raucous affairs. The band shows they can slow things down a little bit as well. Tracks like “Test Pattern” and “I Hold The Sound” show the band has some pop chops as well.

This is another worthy addition to The Thermals impressive discography. I can’t help but long for the lo-fi madness that characterized the band’s earlier affairs. But, the band consistently puts out strong albums and The Body, The Blood, The Machine is yet another winner.

RIYL: Guided By Voices, The Mountain Goats, Kind Of Like Spitting


The Thermals – Here’s Your Future (mp3)

The Thermals – A Pillar Of Salt (mp3)



  1. I don’t hear the connection to the Mountain Goats. It’s energetic, he’s got good diction. On to the next review!

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