The Thermals have premiered a twisted video for new single Born To Kill from the forthcoming album, Desperate Ground. The video is a dark, brash and unapologetically violent two minutes of film.
Shot in undisclosed locations in and outside Portland OR, Born To Kill is the short story of a killer getting his due – in the bloodiest of ways. Co-directed by Portland filmmaker Jeffrey Rowles and The Thermals themselves, this video is NSFW (unless you work for the CIA).
But on a more serious note, the video is not that gruesome and the blood obviously fake so please don’t be too frightened by this band’s in your face attitude. However, some youtube comments make reference to Jack Nicholson being in the video as lead singer, Hutch Harris plays a fabulous crazy person with those unnerving Jack Nicholson eyes from The Shining.
The Thermals are a post-pop-punk trio from pre-Portlandia-Portland, Oregon. The band formed in 2002 and has since released five records and toured fifteen countries. The album was produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Hoboken, NJ. Agnello and The Thermals completed the record and evacuated the studio just hours before Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey so the band was literally on desperate ground. Lyrically, Desperate Ground is a brash and irresponsible ode to human violence. It’s a dark celebration of the inevitability of war and death. Desperate Ground tells the tale of a lone rogue in the night. One man, one path, one sword with an unceasing urge to destroy.
The Thermals have just announced a US tour in support of Desperate Ground. The dates are below:
April 20 – Portland, OR @ Branx
April 25 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
April 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune
April 27 – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
May 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
May 11 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
May 13 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
May 14 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
May 16 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
May 18 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
May 21 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe
May 22 – Montrreal, QC @ Il Motore
May 23 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
May 24 – New Haven, CT @ Space
May 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
May 28 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
May 29 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
May 30 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
May 31 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
June 1 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
The Thermals’ sixth LP and debut for Saddle Creek, Desperate Ground will be released April 15.