Album Review: “Personal Life” by The Thermals

The Thermals Personal Life

In 2006, The Thermals became everyone’s favorite powerpunk band with their blistering masterpiece The Body, The Blood, The Machine.  It only seemed like the next logical step after the exciting lo-fi of  More Parts Per Million, and the revved-up angst of  Fuckin’ A.

However, it’s the aftermath of The Body, The Blood, The Machine that’s a little more interesting. What do you do after you release a universally acclaimed masterpiece that catapults you from cult status to indie darling? Do you fold under pressure, try to expand upon your success with a recreation, or roll the dice and try to subtly evolve from that point? The Thermals chose the latter of the three, following that up with 2009’s powerpop gem Now We Can See which saw the band toning down their anger, expanding their songs (in both structure and length) and getting really poppy—which brings us to Personal Life, released last month.

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Madison Week In Music + Ticket Giveaways (9.29-10.05): BLITZEN TRAPPER, THE BOXER REBELLION, STEPHEN KELLOGG & THE SIXERS, VALIENT THORR, WIZ KHALIFA, THE THERMALS, THE ACORN, PETER MULVEY, THE RYAN MONTBLEAU BAND, GOO GOO DOLLS, and KING KHAN & THE SHRINES

Valient Thorr

Another jam-packed week of shows is upon us, Madison!  There’s simply no excuse for sitting at home on your butt while there are artists like BLITZEN TRAPPER, THE BOXER REBELLION, STEPHEN KELLOGG & THE SIXERS, VALIENT THORR (pictured), WIZ KHALIFA, THE THERMALS, THE ACORN, PETER MULVEY, THE RYAN MONTBLEAU BAND, GOO GOO DOLLS, and KING KHAN & THE SHRINES rocking venues all over town, especially when you can win tickets to some of these amazing concerts.  Read on to find out more!

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Listen To New Albums From The Thermals and The Walkmen

The Thermals

Have we mentioned lately how much we adore NPR?  Those cool cats are currently streaming the newest releases from The Thermals (Personal Life) and The Walkmen (Lisbon) in their entirety.  We recommend brushing up on the new tunes now, and not just because they rule, but also because we want you to sing the hell out of them with the bands when they hit Madison later this fall.

See The Thermals live @ The Annex on October 2 (get tickets here) and The Walkmen @ The Barrymore on Ocotber 14 (get tickets here).

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Free MP3 Download From THE THERMALS: “I Don’t Believe You”

The Thermals

No surprises here—just more of the same fantastically punchy sing-along punk that we adore The Thermals for.  Check out this track from their latest album, Personal Life, and then check out the band in person at The Annex on October 2nd.
DOWNLOAD: The Thermals – “I Don’t Believe You”
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Just Announced Madison Concerts: The Thermals

Saturday, October 2

THE THERMALS with special guests Cymbals Eat Guitars

The Thermals

The Annex, 9:30pm

$12 adv $14 dos, 18+

Tickets available on our Music Calendar soon!

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The Thermals Announce New Album Release Date

Earlier this year, the Thermals put out one hell of a record and gave Madison one hell of a show!  (Check out our interview with bassist Kathy Foster.)   Well, the hard-working punk rockers aren’t slowing down–they’ve just announced that their next album is set for release in September of next year.  Keep those fingers crossed for a tour that leads ’em back to town!

Pitchfork: Reflections From Hipster Mecca

Flaming Lips

“How about a cheer for all those bad girls/And all the boys that play that rock and roll/They love it like you love Jesus/It does the same thing to their souls” — Tom Petty

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Music festivals can be compared to something of a religious exchange.  Really.  Just think about it.  How much of yourself are you willing to sacrifice to your music gods in return for a blissful, out-of-this-world live spectacle?  Would you fry yourself under the unforgiving midsummer sun for hours on end?  Would you brave the untold terrors of the port-a-pottys (yikes), or the critical gazes of ever-so-ironic hipster brigade?

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