Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Video: "Pillar of Salt" by the Thermals
A fantastic live show can ease away many a disappointment on record, and that's exactly what I saw the Thermals do last Friday. I was let down with the voracious pop punk trio's fourth album Now We Can See and have found their most recent LP, the mostly mid-tempo Personal Life, to be a major downgrade from their more agitated and engaging past. But in seeing them absolutely kill it at the Black Cat, I'm reminded of why I still love and respect these guys. Whether through fiery politics or composed reflection, the Thermals are a crowd-pleasing kind of band that values most an audience enjoying the hell out of their music. This philosophy explains the awesome video for "Pillar of Salt", arguably their best song. Watch out for the Arrested Development chicken dances and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy!