From 2002 to 2016 American punk / indie rock band The Thermals made some of our favorite records, and I can dream the words from singles like No Culture Icons (“Hardly art // Hardly starving // Hardly art // Hardly garbage”) and Now We Can See (“But now we can see // Now that our vision is strong // We don’t need to admit // We were wrong”). Unfortunately, the band broke up in 2018, but the good news is that Hutch Harris, the lead singer and guitarist of the band, also plays good music on its own. He has just released his new full-length solo album Suck Up All The Oxygen, with ten short songs – about 17 minutes in total – written, performed and recorded by the musician himself. He still has a critical eye and sharp pen, but the new tracks seem more cheerful at first hearing. That’s just the tone, because the lyrics are about his struggles with himself (from Instant Anxiety: “There’s a banging in my head // A pounding on my brain // A pressure in my head // I can never explain”) and his environment (from Garbage World: “I know we suck we’re just the worst // We should kill ourselves, ok you go first // But let’s kill everyone else first”). Dark and impressive. It hurts, but still it’s great to be able to listen to Harris’s so recognizable vocals again.
Suck Up All The Oxygen is out now digitally an on vinyl LP. Add to wantlist: Bandcamp