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The Thermals Return in Violent Form

Portland’s post-pop-punk trio The Thermals have dropped a video for new single “Born To Kill” from upcoming album Desperate Ground. Co-directed by Portland filmmaker Jeffrey Rowles and the band, the two-minute clip is a rather violent affair that illustrates a killer (played by frontman Hutch Harris) getting his due.

Desperate Ground, due out April 16, was produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Hoboken, N.J. Agnello and The Thermals completed the record and evacuated the studio just hours before Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey. The violence and desolation that followed fittingly match the lyric theme of this latest effort as described in the band’s press release as such:

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 10-year veteran indie act are coming off a strong showing at Austin’s SXSW music festival, and will return to the road in support of this release beginning April 20.

Watch the new music video and a clip from the SPIN SXSW Showcase of the Thermals performing “It’s Trivia” off their debut album.

 

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