photos: thermals play roadies at chop suey

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hutch harris of the thermals, at chop suey. [flickr/slideshow]

On Thursday night, the Thermals came to Chop Suey to play dress up (appearing before & after in roadie costumes) and show off a bunch of soon-to-be-released new material, living up to their well-earned reputation as one of the more exhilarating live shows in the game. Part of the thrill, of course, is that they can almost immediately turn a club that had been swaying happily to the sounds of the Shaky Hands after being exhorted to get down by Champagne Champagne into a swelling mass of young and old moshing politely and surging toward the stage. Even a guy with casts on both arms parked near the front kept his hands away from the heads of his neighbors. The other part is that their songs are all a couple minutes long; so they can play almost everything in the span of an hour. With the exception of one breather, and a short pre-encore break, the show was an assault of pure energy that kept people moving, sweating, and screaming along from start to spectacular finish. I can’t wait until March to hear the new record.

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