The Thermals has premiered a new video for “The Sunset” from their new album Desperate Ground out now on Saddle Creek. The video is a bright, colorful and uplifting three minutes of film.  The video stars Thermals bassist Kathy Foster as “The Boxer”, in an obvious ode to classic boxing films such as “Rocky” and “Raging Bull”.  Much of the video is an homage to the opening credits of Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing”, with Foster channeling Rosie Perez.  “The Sunset” features many classic Portland, OR locales (like many Thermals videos) and was co-directed by Portland filmmaker Jeffrey Rowles and The Thermals themselves.

The Thermals‘ sixth LP and debut for Saddle Creek 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. Paste Magazine said, “Desperate Ground is easily the best Thermals record since The Body, The Blood, The Machine,” while PopMatters stated “this 26-minute concept album is confirmation of the power and enduring brilliance of the Thermals as they show no signs of slowing up–no signs of any erosion in their quality–and for that, we should be thankful.”

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 Tour Dates

05.21 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe
5.22 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
5.23 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
5.24 – New Haven, CT @ Space
5.25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
5.28 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5.29 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5.30 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
5.31 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
6.01 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
6.02 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In
06.03 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree
06.05 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
06.06 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
06.07 – McAllen, TX @ Thirsty Monkey
06.08 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
06.09 – Dallas, TX @ Dada
06.11 – El Paso, TX @ Low Brow Palace
06.12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent
06.13 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
06.14 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
06.15 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish

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