Portland indie-punk stars The Thermals perform at The Current

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Singer and guitarist Hutch Harris of The Thermals in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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The Thermals perform in The Current studio
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Portland indie band the Thermals, now a trio, have spent over a decade on the scene crafting urgently catchy, punk-influenced anthems. The band signed to veteran Seattle indie label Sub Pop early on and made a splash with their first couple of albums, but it was their third full-length, 2006's The Body, The Blood, The Machine, that catapulted them to full-fledged indie stardom on the back of a smattering of rave reviews.

The band moved to another legendary Pacific Northwest label three years later, releasing Now We Can See on Portland's Kill Rock Stars. They followed it up the next year with Personal Life.

Now, they've signed to Conor Oberst's Saddle Creek records for their new album Desperate Ground, which came out last month. They stopped by The Current's studios for the first time ever to play a few songs and chat with Morning Show host Jill Riley about their "packed 'n' sweaty" 7th St. Entry show, their experience signing to Saddle Creek and the recording process for their new record (and they also extended their congratulations to Minnesota for the recent passing of the same-sex marriage bill!).

Songs played: "You Will Find Me," "I Go Alone" and "The Sword by My Side."

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    Bassist and singer Kathy Foster of The Thermals in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Drummer Westin Glass of The Thermals in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Portland indie-rockers the Thermals in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Bassist and singer Kathy Foster of The Thermals in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Singer and guitarist Hutch Harris of The Thermals in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Bassist and singer Kathy Foster of The Thermals in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Drummer Westin Glass of The Thermals in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Singer and guitarist Hutch Harris of The Thermals in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)