Forthrightly incendiary Portland punks The Thermals have always had that raging flame alive and firing at their very core and even now, a decade on from their trailblazing Sub Pop début More Parts per Million, they’re sounding as visceral, combustible and downright killer as ever. Born To Kill is the first flicker of life from the trio’s forthcoming Desperate Ground LP and, although it’s over in the approximate time it takes for a match to wear itself out, by the time it comes to extinguish itself Hutch Harris et al. have once again doused themselves in radiant glory. “Each final breath I breathe/ Burns a bright fire inside of me/ And it keeps me alive, it keeps me alive” he seethes, his vocal aflame with brazen passion and from this “’til the day in the dirt I lie/ ‘Til my ashes scatter in the sea” my adulation of this band shows no sign of abating.
Desperate Ground is expected April 15th via Saddle Creek.