The Thermals – We Disappear

Album Review by Will Fitzpatrick | 01 Mar 2016
Album title: We Disappear
Artist: The Thermals
Label: Saddle Creek
Release date: 25 Mar

Following the action-packed amorality of 2013’s Desperate Ground, The Thermals’ latest effort finds Hutch Harris aiming the camera squarely at the mirror. We Disappear is ultimately a break-up album – yes, the sap factor is high, but it’s framed by the recurring theme of technology, and the way it allows us to commit to semblances of real-life experience while cutting ourselves off from the real thing – and, indeed, from each other.

Weighty subject matter, then, but Harris’ John Darnielle-esque delivery rams the message home amidst their strongest set of tunes since 2006’s The Body, The Blood, The Machine, with Kathy Foster’s on-point harmonies (Thinking Of You) and propulsive bass (Always Never Be) adding purpose to their power-punk arsenal. The album’s rare tempo drops are the real winners, however, with mini-epic The Great Dying questioning the point and the permanence of leaving our mark in a digital era. Intelligent and invigorating. [Will Fitzpatrick]