The Thermals are waist-deep in the recording process right now, recording a new album's worth of material for release in 2010.
Chris Walla has returned to produce the new album, with the working title of Double Negative, at Portland's Jackpot! Studios. The studio has a long history of recording bands from the northeast, including Elliott Smith, Quasi, The Gossip, Sleater-Kinney, Eddie Vedder, The Decemberists and The Shins.
When the band is done recording at Jackpot!, they'll take the tracks back to Chis Walla's own studio to mix the album.
The Thermals worked with Walla on their debut album More Parts Per Million, and also in the winter of 2004, to record their second album, Fuckin' A.
They're trying to move in a new direction this time around, reaching for a sound that doesn't just recreate past experiences.
“I’m trying to make a record that sounds different than the last. Or really, the last four. As a guitar player, I’m trying to get into more riffs, away from the Ramones-power chord thing that we do. So there’s a lot more space on this record,” said Hutch Harris, when speaking to Paste Magazine.
In addition to a new sound, the band is looking to move away from the political vibe of the last album, and into new lyrical territory.
“It’s hard to be in love with someone. If there’s a theme to this record, it’s that. A lot of the songs are pretty brutal lyrically. It’s really negative thoughts about love and relationships.”
The Thermals will release Double Negative on Kill Rock Stars on September 7th, 2010.