The Thermals, much like the currents of warm air that share the band’s name, don’t have much time for grandiloquence. They come, they rise, and then they’re gone.
The Portland, Oregon trio specialize in quick hitting pop-punk that deals with love and love-related pain—they don’t shy away from feelings. Today, Nerdist is premiering “Thinking of You,” the latest track from the band’s upcoming record, We Disappear, and it’s as direct as any in The Thermals’ canon.
In the press release, “Thinking of You” is described as “a bouncy, super-catchy blend of ’70s punk, ’80s pop, and classic Thermals new century angst.” That seems like a lot of different sounds to absorb, and you’ll have less than two minutes to process everything. But that’s ok, because The Thermals—as always—are masters of brevity.
“I’ve been listening to the voice inside my head, wishing I’d heard you instead,” sings Hutch Harris. “And when I thought about love, I was only thinking of us. When I thought of all the things I wanna do, I was only thinking of you.”
It’s punchy and uplifting and full of regret, all at the same time. It’s “one of the most straight-forward love songs we’ve ever written, a point-blank post-break up song,” said Harris—as included in the We Disappear bio courtesy of Kurt “K Ohle” Braunohler (which is equal parts thoughtful and hilarious). “It’s a song that says exactly what it means.”
It really is, which makes “Thinking of You” exceptionally relatable. Does it evoke any memories of love or love lost for you? Let us know in the comments, and check out We Disappear when it arrives on March 25.
IMAGE: Jason Quigley