The Thermals @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 5/11/09

There are some great things about seeing a band like the Thermals. For one, you know you’re gonna see at least twenty of your favorite The Thermals songs in one night. And even at a less-than-sold-out show that was a late-add to a pair of sold-out gigs Friday and Saturday, tired crowd and tired band, there wasn’t a moment where Hutch and Kathy weren’t full on. Maybe it was Hutch’s “four martini breakfast.” Or maybe it’s just the effect of that good Kill Rock Stars money. (On his suit and tie: “I went to the stock exchange today, that’s why I’m dressed up. We’re so rich now. Richer.”) It was a good setlist: Lots of Now We Can See and The Body, The Blood, The Machine, some More Parts Per Million, only “How We Know” from Fuckin’ A (needs more Fuckin’ A), and covers of Nirvana’s “Sappy” and the Breeders’ “Saints.” Apparently this run was was all about the raucous Saturday show at Bowery, but even on a lower key night, the Thermals represented in the same way they register their Big Idea punk-pop: disarming with superficially sloppy charm but delivering taut, smart tunes with methodically misleading ease. Photographer Santiago Felipe was on hand to flesh out this gallery, and here’s last night’s setlist and the upcoming tour dates:

SETLIST
01 “St. Rosa And The Swallows”
02 “I Let It Go”
03 “How We Know”
04 “I Called Out Your Name”
05 “A Passing Feeling”
06 “Back To Gray”
07 “Pillar Of Salt”
08 “When I Was Afraid”
09 “Test Pattern”
10 “We Were Sick”
11 “I Hold The Sound”
12 “Returning To The Fold”
13 “You Dissolve”
14 “Now We Can See”
15 “Here’s Your Future”
16 “Sappy” (Nirvana cover)
17 “Goddamn The Light”
18 “No Culture Icons”
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19 “Everything Thermals”
20 “Saints” (The Breeders cover)
21 “It’s Trivia”

So you can see:
The Thermals – “Now We Can See” (MP3)

Thermals on tour:
05/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *#
05/13 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat *#
05/14 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 *#
05/15 – Charleston, SC @ The Pourhouse *#
05/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *#
05/18 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree *
05/19 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe *
05/20 – Little Rock, AR @ Revolution Music *
05/21 – Dallas, TX @ The Loft *
05/22 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk*
05/23 – San Antonio, TX @ The Warhol *
05/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room *
05/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour *#
05/29 – San Jose, CA @ The Blank Club *#
05/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill (21plus) *
05/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill (All Ages) *#

06/14 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla **
06/15 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club **
06/16 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Petes **
06/17 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo **
06/18 – Belfast, UK @ Auntie Annies **
06/19 – Dublin, IE @ Academy 2 **
06/21 – Manchester, UK @ Ruby Lounge **
06/22 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy 3 **
06/23 – London, UK @ Cargo **
06/24 – Brighton, UK @ Freebutt **
06/26 – Evreux, France (Le Rock Dans Tous Ses Etats Festival)

07/25 – Seattle, WA (Capitol Hill Block Party)

08/07 – Myslowice, Poland (Off Festival)
08/08 – Berlin, Germany (Berlin Festival)
08/09 – Prague, CZ @ Klub 007 Strahov
08/10 – Wien, Austria @ Szene
08/11 – Zagreb, Croatia @ KSET
08/13 – Basel, Swiss @ Uniosaal
08/14 – Horb, Germany (Minirock Festival)
08/15 – Rees-Haldern, Germany (Haldern Pop)

* w/Shaky Hands
# w/Point Juncture, WA
** w/Pavilion

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