Live at MFNW 2013, Day 3: The Thermals

photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)

The Thermals may have moved to Saddle Creek Records for their latest album, but frontman Hutch Harris showed some Seattle pride at the Doug Fir, sporting a Hardly Art shirt, which, along with the rest of Harris, was inevitably soaked by the end of their live set.

photo by Morgen Schuler

It’s been ten years since the local Pacific Northwestern band released their debut album, More Parts Per Million, (recording cost a mere $60) on Sub Pop Records. While traversing a decade of lineup and label changes, the lo-fi Portlanders released five more albums, including this year’s “fast, cheap, and out of control” Desperate Ground. The Thermals’ raw sound lends itself well to rowdy live shows and fan sing alongs with singer/guitarist Hutch Harris, bassist Kathy Foster and drummer Westin Glass amping up the energy on stage. Opening with a new track from Desperate Ground, the group skipped around their debut decade smartly, their sound consistent throughout the set.

photo by Matthew Thompson

photo by Morgen Schuler

photo by Morgen Schuler

photo by Morgen Schuler

From their witty website to their positive stage presence, The Thermals have maintained a good sense of humor over the years. When he wasn’t (figuratively) smacking the crowd in the face with his drumming, Glass was miming along with Harris’ lyrics during songs like “Faces Stay With Me.” Ramping up their hometown crowd with their closing song, 2007’s “A Pillar of Salt,” The Thermals left the Doug Fir to blend back in with their dedicated Portland fans.

photo by Matthew Thompson

photo by Morgen Schuler

photo by Morgen Schuler

photo by Morgen Schuler

photo by Morgen Schuler


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  1. Derek
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    So…are you going to archive their performance for those of us who missed it first time around?

  2. Stephen
    Posted September 9, 2013 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Such energy at this show! They rocked out.

  3. Poser
    Posted September 10, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    That was a fantastic set, my favorite of the five kexp shows I saw at this year’s MFNW, excited to see them perform again.

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