Portland-based indie loyalists The Thermals don’t sport their ideologies on their sleeves, exactly, but may have worn them as temporary tattoos in the past. ‘The Body, The Blood, The Machine’, their 06 album, sung of a semi imaginary America under the yoke of right-wing totalitarianism; ‘Personal Life’, The Thermals full length number five, is about relationships. This is telegraphed by song titles like ‘Only For You’, ‘Your Love Is So Strong’ and other X Factor winner-ready phrases; musically speaking, it’s business as usual, Hutch Harris’ appealing whine (trust us here) spurring on choppy, chunky melodies. Earworms are decidedly less abundant than normal, though, sad to say.
In RS197 we welcome back rock’s most controversial son to the cover of Rock Sound. PLUS we speak to Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce about his upcoming solo album, Emma Blackery and Against The Current are welcomed with opens arms and you’ll get eight classic Time Warp posters of your favourite bands.