back when i was a nerdy teenager (before the transition to nerdy adult), i spent many long saturday nights sidled up to my radio/tape recorder, loaded up with a blank tape. i’d listen to cbc radio 2 from midnight till 3 or 4 am, listening to these two alternative programs called radio sonic and radio escapade. when i heard a promising intro to a song, i’d press record. they’d play large blocks of music at a time; sometimes i’d be able to figure out which song was what, but this was back in 2000/2001 and i wasn’t always about to look up lyrics online successfully. it was through this program that i discovered some of my still-favourite music, like the weakerthans, del tha funkee homosapien and…. THE THERMALS.
they’re a three-piece post-punk group from portland–yes, it sounds douchey, but you should really give them a listen!! their first two albums (‘more parts per million’ & ‘fuckin a’) are so solid. i fell in love with them all over again when i dove into ‘the body, the blood, the machine’, which is an incredible concept album–before you scoff, you should check that shit out. ‘now we can see’ was nice but i didn’t get grabbed in, but their most recent offering ‘personal life’ has been played on repeat for most of the past few weeks. it’s incredible!
here are a few of my favourite songs–i hope they reel you in, too. it was hard to pick just a few, because their music just pulls me around, but i managed to narrow it down.