The third full length release by Portland, Oregon's The Thermals hit the shelves today. It is titled The Body, The Blood, The Machine and after listening to it a few times I think it may be my favorite of the three that they have released so far. It sounds a little more complete than 2003's More Parts Per Million and 2004's Fuckin A, and the fact that Kathy Foster and Hutch Harris accomplished this after parting ways with their drummer Jordan Hudson impresses me even more.
from Sub Pop
"The Body, The Blood, The Machine was recorded at Supernatural Sound Studios in Oregon City, twenty miles south of The Thermals' home in Portland, OR by Fugazi's Brendan Canty. With the unfortunate departure of original Thermals drummer Jordan Hudson in late 2005, Kathy Foster and Hutch Harris (bass and guitar/vocals, respectively) split up duties on the new record themselves with Foster pulling double shifts as The Thermals' rhythm section for almost the entire record while Harris sang, performed all the guitar tracks and some of the bass tracks, and the two shared keyboard/organ duties."
The Thermals: On Sub Pop