Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters is “Now We Can See” by The Thermals from their 2009 album Now We Can See available from Kill Rock Stars.
Earlier this month the Portland-based trio The Thermals delivered their fourth full-length album Now we Can See and there’s been a tangible buzz around the station and beyond every time a track from the album is played. Whether you love or hate Hutch’s voice (I love, my boyfriend hates), it’s easy to see why folks all over the world are into this group who are known for their high energy live shows and clever lyrics. This album marks another progression in their nicely evolving sound which went from no-fi (home or more specifically kitchen recordings) to the hi-fi, big sounds the album’s producer John Congleton (Polyphonic Spree, Explosions in the Sky) is known for. Hutch and Kathy admit to feeling pressure to follow up 2006’s breakthrough album The Body, The Blood, The Machine and spent nearly a year writing songs before ever hitting the studio. But the result is an unblemished, power pop/punk treat that marks an impressive debut (their fourth overall) on the now-Portland-based Kill Rock Stars. (Hey, where is everyone going??) Our own RJ Cubarrubia got the chance to sit down with Kathy, Hutch, and the expertly thieved new drummer from Say Hi, Westin, when they played live from KEXP last week. Read the full interview here.
The Thermals kicked off the release of their new record and consequent tour here in Seattle at Neumo’s (also check out this live show review) and are now embarking on a US tour which takes along fellow Portlanders Pt. Juncture, WA and The Shaky Hands. For dates and tour information, check out their MySpace page. And it just so happens that The Thermals our featured on KEXP’s Video of the Week podcast this very week! Here are two videos from their session in our studio. You can download a third, of the title song, by subscribing to our podcast.