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posted March 28, 2013, 7:55 pm by Lani Walker | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment


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Consequence Of Sound has premiered an MP3 of The Thermals new single “The Sunset,” along with a lyric video for the track. In the cold, sweeping darkness of The Thermals’ upcoming LP Desperate Ground, “The Sunset” is an obvious ray of light. Like the sun itself, the song is wide, warm, and more than a little dangerous at close range. It is the story of a man with only shadows for friends and only memories for food. Like many Thermals tracks, the song is loud, catchy, and more than a little paranoid. And although the lyrics appear bleak at times, there is great hope to be found in the song, and great joy as well.

The Thermals’ sixth LP and debut for Saddle Creek, Desperate Ground will be released April 16. The album was produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Hoboken, NJ. Agnello and The Thermals completed the record and evacuated the studio just hours before Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey, a fate quite fitting when you consider the product. Desperate Ground is a true scrappy and scratchy return-to-form for The Thermals, with all the raw power and unhinged adolescent energy that made their early LP’s so insanely enjoyable. Lyrically, Desperate Ground is a brash and irresponsible ode to human violence, a black celebration of the inevitability of war and death. A dark and yet joyous affair, Desperate Ground tells the (murky) tale of a lone rogue in the night. One man, one path, one sword. An unceasing urge to destroy. A never-ending battle against the forces of nature. A destiny impossible to avoid.

The Thermals just announced a spring tour in support of Desperate Ground. The band has a hometown CD release show planned for April 20 at Branx and will make stops in major cities including New York, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C. and more.

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
05.15 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
05.16 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
05.17 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
05.18 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
05.19 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf
05.21 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe
05.22 – Montreal, 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

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