A Two-Night Party with the Thermals at The Bowery BallroomMay 28th, 2013
Singer-guitarist Hutch Harris and bassist Kathy Foster were already in the folk duo Hutch and Kathy when they formed the lo-fi, punk-fueled the Thermals in Portland, Ore., more than a decade ago. Harris played every instrument on their debut LP, More Parts Per Million, which came out in 2003 and earned comparisons to Guided by Voices. But he teamed up with Foster and others to play the material live. The lineup has changed over the years, but the Thermals (above, playing an acoustic version of “You Will Be Free” at the Ace Hotel’s 5 at 5 series) are currently a trio, with Harris and Foster joined by drummer Westin Glass, who came onboard for the band’s fourth album, the acclaimed Now We Can See. But just last month, the trio released their sixth LP—and first on Saddle Creek— Desperate Ground (stream it below), which Paste magazine says “sounds like a rock and roll party.” And it’s also always a party when the Thermals play live. So come out and be part of the two-night celebration as they play The Bowery Ballroom tonight and tomorrow.