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Desperate Ground

Saddle Creek 186

Released on April 16, 2013


Desperate Ground, the new LP from The Thermals, is exactly what the title implies. A dangerous path. A crucial moment. A split second in time when you must stand and defend, kill or be killed. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.

No problem!

The Thermals have been through worse, and have always lived to tell the tale. Since their zerofi pants-a-burning debut (More Parts Per Million, 2003), The Thermals have blazed their way through a decade filled with enough fear and loathing to last the rest of the century. They’ve survived the wrath of God (The Body, The Blood, The Machine, 2006), the fear of death (Now We Can See, 2009), even the soul-crushing torment of monogamous relationships (Personal Life, 2010)!

The Thermals’ sixth LP and first for Saddle Creek, Desperate Ground, is a true scrappy and scratchy return-to-form for The Thermals, with all the raw power and unhinged adolescent energy that made their early LP’s so insanely enjoyable. Lyrically, the album 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. All told, Desperate Ground is a loud, violent thrill ride, a punk LP as bloody action film. It’s The Wipers meets “Die Hard” and “Excalibur”.

Desperate Ground was produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Hoboken, NJ. Agnello and The Thermals completed mixing just hours before Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey. Desperate Ground indeed.

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