The Thermals & Thao with The Get Down Stay Down

Thao with The Get Down Stay Down performed on Lower Sproul last Friday.

Superb and KALX hosted a free show of The Thermals and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down in Lower Sproul last Friday, February 12.

I can tell that Thao is a character full of personality and energy. You couldn’t help but get caught up in her stage presence. I was only left with the question: “What was she saying?” Her muttering into the microphone led me to try to lip read, which is very difficult at indie concerts with no Jumbo-tron. Endeavored to persevere, I clapped and stomped my feet as the kitschy muffled vocals and poppy melodies delivered folksy perfection.

I've heard all the hype surrounding The Thermals and they did not disappoint. They delivered a set full of energy as they moved through what felt like their entire discography. As Hutch Harris bounced along the stage, Kathy Foster exuded cool on the bass, and the rhythm of drummer, Westin Glass, increased the rate of your heart with every beat; through the intention of their music, nothing was forced. This is no meeting of garage bands; this band delivers musical direction and purpose. The Thermals' devotees waited through the rain never shifting a step as they bounced along and swayed to the groove. The band closed with the song “
Pillar of Salt” which really got the crowd going and only left me, and everyone I know wanting more.

Parris McKenley
BARE Reporter

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