Monday, March 4, 2013

The Thermals - Born to Kill -2013


"We were halfway through writing the record and I realized that a lot of the songs were about death," says Thermals frontman Hutch Harris of his Portland punk trio's recently completed sixth full-length, Desperate Ground, due April 16 on Saddle Creek. "It was coming together like an action film. All the songs are written from this singular point view: It could be a soldier, it could be a hunter, and it could also be the hunted." But opener and explosive first single "Born ro Kill," Harris says, was originally meant to be a closer and character resolution for Desperate Ground's protagonist. "To me, the whole journey of the record was more about someone learning to deal with the harsh reality around them. I wanted to start with someone who was fighting for freedom and fighting for their family, someone who doesn't enjoy killing but is doing it because it's necessary. Ultimately, that character realizes, "Oh I was born to kill, I was made to do this. It's what I'm good at.' Full Metal Jacket is one of my favorite movies, and [Joker] has two pins: one's a peace sign and there other says 'Born to Kill.'" spin

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