The Thermals have announced they’ll be releasing a new record, We Disappear, later this spring, marking their first album in nearly three years. Recorded in Portland and Seattle, the new album was produced by ex-Death Cab For Cutie Chris Walla. Coincidentally, like Death Cab, The Thermals gave a brief statement regarding the concept behind We Disappear to a a media outlet who recently jumped to a major label, saying:
Technology, love and death are the three obsessions of the record. Our privacy used to be so important to us and now everything has changed—we freely offer once private information about relationships and reveal everything about our day-to-day lives. We’re trying to preserve our life digitally so when we’re gone people won’t forget us. We’re using technology to become immortal. You can even set up Facebook and Twitter accounts to continue updating after you die! We Disappear is about how humans fight the inevitable.
Speaking of the Devil, while they may not have released an album since 2013’s Desperate Ground, The Thermals have been alive and well via their Twitter. Arguably one of the best band twitterers around, the account is managed by frontman Hutch Harris who moonlights as a comedian. Some recent gems include:
starting an Against Me cover band called Oops I Did It Against Me
— Hutch Harris (@thethermals) January 5, 2016
a bunch of weird bearded white dudes holed up in a cabin in rural Oregon, uh they’re probably just making a record for sub pop — Hutch Harris (@thethermals) January 3, 2016
One can only hope their new musical output is as good as their tweets. We Disappear will be released on March 25 via Saddle Creek. You can stream the first single, “Hey You” below.