Lots of Thermals news recently, which always makes me a happy camper. After being transformed into stuffed dolls earlier this month, and releasing two demos from their upcoming album they’ve finally replaced erstwhile drummer Lorin Coleman – with Jar Jar Binks, god help us all.
The band has a more or less final track listing for their upcoming album Now We Can See, even if, after turning down a two album deal with Sub Pop, they don’t exactly know who’s going to release it quite yet. Hutch Harris in a recent interview with Pitchfork:

…Kathy [Foster] and I just felt that we needed to go it alone again, for ourselves, for our “art,” if even for just a short while. We’ve considered releasing the record ourselves, or licensing it ourselves to different territories. We are currently talking to many great labels, one of them being Sub Pop. It’s still my favorite label.

Since every Thermals album seems to be even better than the one that preceded it, it’s no surprise if labels are tipping over themselves to license Now We Can See, which should be out before the end of the year. And if you needed another reason to be super psyched about a new Thermals album, it’s being produced by The Paper Chase’s John Congleton, which promises to make for a darker album than Thermals fans are used to.
And if you can’t wait for new Thermals to hear more from Kathy Foster, don’t despair – September 23 sees the first album in five years from All Girl Summer Fun Band. Hooray!