The Thermals’ sixth studio album and Saddle Creek debut, Desperate Ground, won’t hit stores until April 16th. Yet the album already has a well-documented reputation for being “loud, fast, dark, and catchy”. Lead cut “Born to Kill” harkened back to the earlier, grittier days of the band’s existence and that aural audacity continues to deafen on their second single, “The Sunset”.
What’s this one about? “Someone learning to deal with the harsh reality around them,” according to frontman Hutch Harris. As the album’s protagonist, Hutch belts, “Now I feel free to kill! / but I know my shadows, they follow me still / and they probably always will,” and the horrible truths he confronts run cold down your spine. Oh, and it’s loud – like, check-your-headphones’-volume-before-you-hit-“play” loud. So, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Check out the song in two ways: the Soundcloud stream below, or the lyric video underneath. The choice is yours.
Next month, The Thermals will head out on tour supporting Desperate Ground. Consult their itinerary and see when they’re coming near you.
The Thermals 2013 Tour Dates:
04/20 Portland, OR @ Branx
04/25 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
04/26 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune
04/27 Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
05/10 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
05/11 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
05/13 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
05/14 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
05/16 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
05/18 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
05/21 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe
05/22 Montrreal, QC @ Il Motore
05/23 Boston, MA @ Sinclair
05/24 New Haven, CT @ Space
05/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
05/28 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/29 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/30 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
05/31 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
06/01 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn