Facts about this album:
* Portland-based The Thermals are Kathy Foster, Hutch Harris and Westin Glass.
* ‘Now We Can See’ is their fourth album.
How do you follow-up an album (2006’s ‘The Body, The Blood, The Machine’) that parodies “fascist faux-Christians” by recreating Sodom and Gomorrah on a two-minute and 57-second indie track? You release a record that talks about death. A lot. With a bunch of debilitating track titles like ‘When I Died’ and ‘You Dissolve’, no-one could accuse this Portland trio of skimping on sarcasm – even if it is the kind of sarcasm that dribbles likes a student rallying against capitalism as he pulls in to a McDonald’s drive-thru. They drawl like Cake, they rhyme like Cake. You may have to stop yourself from humming ‘Short Skirt/Long Jacket’ on opener ‘When I Died’. Which ain’t a bad thing (if you’re
a Cake fan).