Noise Pop continued this past Friday in San Francisco, with riff outfit the Thermals taking the stage at the Rickshaw Stop to headline a night of indie rhythm guitar and pop vocals.

If you haven’t heard of the Thermals, that’s too bad. Check out the videos and pictures below, and “Now That [You] Can See,” read RB’s full review of the night:

As the openers offered nothing much to blog about, both Hutch and Kathy were available to chat with. Their merch table has become well-developed over the years and will soon feature their new album, Desperate Ground. Opening up the night with songs from their first album, More Parts per Million. Harris stated that it has been 10 years since they recorded that album, and they would be highlighting it that night, along with many, never-before-heard, songs from their new album.

As a vinyl favorite, the Thermals showed Friday that their albums encapsulate a lost art: to create a record that is front to back outstanding. Today, too many acts focus on having that one hit or become lost in an album’s artistic mantra–to the peril of their billboard sensibility. The Thermals systematically navigated through their albums Friday night, without succumbing to their hits, keeping their entire fan base stimulated and finishing strong with their initial 2003 hit, “No Culture Icons,” featured below.

Check out their new album with us when it hits stores, April 16th.

Now We Can See

No Culture Icons

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