The Thermals at Troubadour

The Thermals

Venue: Troubadour

Drinks: Two Sammy Adams.

Song I Most Wanted to Hear: "A Pillar of Salt" which they played near the end of the set.

Musical Disappointments: None really.

Superficial/General Impression on Singer's Appearance: I can't quite put my finger on who Hutch Harris looks like. I guess there is a little bit of Stephen Malkmus there.

Merch Table: The Thermals shirt was really awesome but Large was the largest they carried. I bought MORE PARTS PER MILLION on vinyl and The Shaky Hands' LUNGLIGHT. Point Juncture WA made a cool hand printed posted for this tour and they were practically giving it away at $5.

Run-in's With the Bands: The girl selling their merch for Point Juncture WA (who I think was also in the band) complimented my Herzog T-shirt and we talked for a little while about FITZCARRALDO and BURDEN OF DREAMS and she said she really wanted to sample his voice from that movie in her music. This sounded like a genius idea to me.

Best Onstage Moment, Non-Musical: After playing the amazing "How We Know" someone behind me shouted "You can play that again" which got a very enthusiastic thumbs up from Hutch.

Best Onstage Chatter: Westin Glass kept breaking snares. I think he went through four of them in the course of their set and they eventually had to borrow one from Point Juncture WA that looked quite old and beat up, Hutch joked that this was a snare drum from the Revolutionary War and if it survived the British it should be able to survive the rest of the set. It did.

Did the Bass Player Look Bored?: How dare you even ask such a thing about Kathy Foster. She is not a bass player or a mere woman; she is a goddess and the stage glows when she is on it. She was constantly jumping up and down while she was playing the bass and usually did so with an adorable smile on her face. After the set she gave high fives to every fan near the stage. I almost rushed the stage to touch her hand.

I should also give special note to Westin Glass who not only broke drums but also played the role of the fluffer, throwing up his arms spastically before certain songs, usually the ones that he knew were really going to rock the house. I turned to my friend and said "Best. Drummer. Ever."

Overall Scientific Rating of Show (out of ten): 7.2

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