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"The Thermals, formed in 2002, are a punk rock band from Portland, Oregon on the label Sub Pop Records. The group is currently made up of Hutch Harris (vocals and guitar), Kathy Foster (bass), and Lorin Coleman (drums). Coleman joined the group in 2006, after the original drummer, Jordan Hudson, left the band. A 2003 article in Willamette Week (an alternative weekly published in the band's hometown) describes the band's sound as the 'natural byproduct of many hours in skanky basements.'"

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Bandega Interview with Kathy Foster of The Thermals (November 2007)

The Thermals sweat it out animal-style for The Flaming Lips.

Q: How have your shows changed over the years? Has your perspective on performing live changed?
A: In the beginning, we played a lot of small shows in basements and coffee shops. They were super crowded and full of energy, being something new in Portland. And Hutch wasn't playing guitar, he was just singing, so he would dance around and fall down with people. And sometimes strip down to his underwear. It was all sweating, dancing, and smiling. Loud and trashy. Mostly all that is still the same fortunately. We're still loud and trashy. Although since Hutch plays guitar now, he usually keeps his clothes on. Being in a band is like being in a relationship (with your audience). At first, its exciting and you can't get enough, and you can do no wrong. Then the relationship matures and you get to know each other more, and can appreciate deeper things about each other. You get used to each other but still have a good time together. Sometimes you have to think of new ways to make it exciting. But we love each other so, and everyday is a new experience.

Q: Describe the most memorable live show you've played.
A: There are lots, but within the past year, Cleveland and Copenhagen. We always have a good time in Cleveland. They are rowdy there! But the last time we were there, they topped themselves. The whole show at the Beachland Ballroom, we were assaulted! From beginning to end, it was silly string, shaving cream, glitter, confetti, water, rubber balls, toilet paper! It was hilarious and super fun. That was some organized shit right there. And in Copenhagen, there was rioting going on right outside while we were playing, unbeknownst to us! It was squatters versus police, and it was serious. They tore down street signs to use as shields, threw rocks and set cars on fire. The police used tear gas!

Q: What venue do you consider to be your "home", where you feel most comfortable, with the crowd and the place itself?
A: I guess there is no specific venue, but I feel most at home at shows where everything clicks - it feels good to play (sometimes it takes more work to do all those downstrokes than other times!), the crowd is responsive and has a good energy, we have fun interactions with the crowd, the venue and the people working there are nice, etc.

Q: Describe the most enjoyable show you've ever experienced as a fan.
A: I'm a huge fan of The Flaming Lips, and a few years ago we both played the Sasquatch festival. We have mutual friends so we got to meet them and they came to see us play. That ruled. Then we got to put on the animal costumes for their show and dance onstage with a bunch of our friends! It was the coolest! I remember being so excited to be watching one of my favorite bands play from on the stage next to them as a part of their show! Also, meeting them made me like them all the more. They were so sweet and warm and funny. We sat with Steven and talked, and joked around with Wayne. They had no rockstar egos whatsoever.

Q: Any chance of touring with The Flaming Lips in the future? Have you kept in touch with any of them?
A: I wish! We haven't kept in touch, but everyone should write to them and tell them to take us on tour. I would, like, die!

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