The Thermals’ “Personal Life” coming out September 7 on Kill Rock Stars

Music News | Jun 5th, 2010

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The Thermals have been wasting little time as of late. 2009 saw the release of their 4th LP (and debut for the Kill Rock Stars label), Now We Can See – a loud, melodic meditation on life, death and water. In less than a year, and between numerous tours (five in the US, three in Europe, one in China), The Thermals have managed to write and record another LP, Personal Life, due September 7th from Kill Rock Stars.

The Thermals re-teamed with producer Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) for Personal Life. Walla and The Thermals have a long history together – Chris mixed the first Thermals LP (More Parts Per Million, 2003) and produced their 2nd LP (Fuckin’ A, 2004). Walla brought his signature brand of crisp, shiny pop production to Personal Life, as he has done for records by Tegan and Sara and Telekinesis, to name just a few. Personal Life was recorded to 2″ tape and mixed to 1/2″ tape, and vinyl enthusiasts will be happy to know the vinyl was mastered straight from tape, with no computers involved.

Sonically, Personal Life continues the Thermals tradition of high-energy punk/power/pop while also exploring darker, more introspective territory. Lyrically, Personal Life obsesses over love and lies with the same passion The Thermals have reserved for politics and death in the past.

The lead-off single from Personal Life, “I Don’t Believe You” will be released by Kill Rock Stars August 10th, 2010.

Personal Life Track List

01. I’m Gonna Change Your Life
02. I Don’t Believe You
03. Never Listen To Me
04. Not Like Any Other Feeling
05. Power Lies
06. Only For You
07. Alone, A Fool
08. Your Love Is So Strong
09. A Reflection
10. You Changed My Life

The Thermals Tour Dates

July 1 – Calgary, AB @ Distillery – Sled Island Festival
July 2 – Calgary, AB @ Olympic Plaza – Sled Island Festival
July 3 – Calgary, AB @ Republik – Sled Island Festival
July 5 – Chicago, IL @ Jay Pritzker Pavillion – Millenium Park
September 6 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival
September 9 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom – Music Fest NW

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