The Thermals

The Thermals

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 Thermals’ sixth LP and debut for Saddle Creek, Desperate Ground will be released April 16. 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, a fate quite fitting when you consider the product. Desperate Ground is a true scrappy and scratchy return-to-form for The Thermals, with all the raw power and unhinged adolescent energy that made their early LP’s so insanely enjoyable. Lyrically, Desperate Ground is a brash and irresponsible ode to human violence, a black celebration of the inevitability of war and death. A dark and yet joyous affair, Desperate Ground tells the (murky) tale of a lone rogue in the night. One man, one path, one sword. An unceasing urge to destroy. A never-ending battle against the forces of nature. A destiny impossible to avoid.

The Thermals are Hutch Harris, Kathy Foster and Westin Glass.

Chalk Talk

With no music scene in their area to speak of, Chalk Talk has risen to the challenge of being a decidedly DIY band. Within months of forming, the band, then consisting of dual vocalists Bryce Pulaski and Andy Kapinos on guitar and drums respectively, recorded a six-song demo entitled ‘Killing Spree’, threw together a few dozen copies on their own and hit the road for a week-long Northeast tour.
Over the next year the band acquired a bassist, Brian Bartus, and worked on building up a fan base around their home in the suburbs of Enfield Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. They also recorded two songs for a split with The Black Churches called ‘Penny On Heads’. Chalk Talk then hit the road for a self-booked, month-long tour, which took them across the Eastern half of the United States in support of their release ‘The Food Chain’. The Food Chain, for which the band, in co-operation with Canadian label L’oeil Du Tigre, has made available on CD, 7”, and cassette.

In August of 2012 they released the Ep "Bad Influences" under their self run record label Sex Cave Records. In support of the record they toured Eastern Europe for 5 weeks with Philadelphia's Everyone Everywhere.

They currently live and practice in Amherst MA.

Earthquake Party!

vs. Pizza is Earthquake Party’s brief but potent debut: a three-song five-minute self- released cassingle that summarizes their noisy pop music. It’s a surefire delivery for not just the Bostonians who have witnessed their infectious live show, but just about anyone whose ears prick up at the initials GBV, MBV, TNV, YLT…

Earthquake Party’s formation is noteworthy, as it is just as fearless as their sound. Late one night, Justin Lally texted, “Do you like The Vaselines?” to Mallory Hestand, a co- worker he just met the week prior. After replying with an affirmative, Justin suggested they start a band of their own, and songwriting sessions were conducted with Justin on acoustic guitar and Mallory playing keyboard on her computer. As soon as enough songs were written, shows were scheduled, and finding a drummer became an afterthought. Minutes prior to their second show, Josh ‘J-Raff’ Carrasco saw the drums being set up for the band following Earthquake Party, walked over to Justin who he barely knew and asked to join the band.

And that’s the go-with-yr-gut spirit that permeates vs. Pizza and Earthquake Party in general. Singles “Pretty Little Hand” and “Brains” are perfect contradictions: taut compositions swimming in a sonic mess of blown out keyboards, guitars, drums, and co- ed vocals. It’s like they’ve discovered a shortcut between the ears and the brain, and it’s this immediacy that is Earthquake Party’s secret weapon. It’s why they were named the Best Band in Massachusetts by the Boston Phoenix last year without recorded music. It’s why they’ve been asked to share stages with Times New Viking, Handsome Furs, Surfer Blood, and others. It’s why they can’t wait to catapult their songs and selves into each crowd they face.


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