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The Thermals Announce New Album, Share “Hey You”

We Disappear Out March 25 via Saddle Creek, Produced by Chris Walla

Jan 06, 2016

The Thermals have announced a new album and shared its first single. We Disappear is due out March 25 via Saddle Creek. Below you can stream the short and punchy "Hey You." Former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist/producer Chris Walla produced the album, which was recorded in Portland at the Kung Fu Bakery and in Seattle at The Hall of Justice. More

Under the Radar Announces November/December Issue with EL VY on the Cover

Issue 55 Also Includes Interviews with Julia Holter, Kurt Vile, Neon Indian, Martin Courtney, The Dears, John Grant, Bruce Campbell on Ash vs Evil Dead, the Cast of Back to the Future, and More

Nov 13, 2015

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the November/December 2015 issue, which is available digitally now (via the magazine apps Zinio and Readly), has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon. It will also soon be available digitally via Under the Radar's app, as well as Readbug and Kindle. The issue features EL VY (Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls) on the cover.  More

Oct 08, 2015

Death Cab for Cutie founding member/guitarist/producer Chris Walla left the band last year after 17 years and now he's releasing Tape Loops, his first solo album since exiting the band. It's due out next Friday (October 16) via Trans Records. Now you can stream the whole thing below, via NPR First ListenMore

Aug 27, 2015

When Death Cab for Cutie founding member/guitarist/producer Chris Walla left the band last year after 17 years he didn't publically give much of a reason why. Maybe that will change now that he's releasing a new solo album and will start granting interviews about it.  More

Listen: Chris Walla - “Never Give Up”

Record Store Day 7'' with Sombear

Apr 02, 2013

When he's not recording, producing, and touring with his primary outlet Death Cab for Cutie or overseeing albums from the likes of Tegan and Sara, Telekinesis, or The Decemberists, Chris Walla has demonstrated himself to be talented solo artist. More

Nov 02, 2012

If you weren’t paying attention, you might have missed that Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla released a solo record in 2008, the well-received but mostly overlooked Field Manual. And if you did pick up that album, if you didn’t listen all that closely, you might have missed that it was actually a fairly political album, with what Walla self-effacingly says are 10 “ill-fated protest songs.” More

Under the Radar Magazine Announces 10th Anniversary Issue Featuring Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes

Plus: Paul Rudd vs. The Divine Comedy, plus interviews with Broadcast, Grandaddy, The Flaming Lips, Bat For Lashes, Rilo Kiley, Broken Social Scene, and much more

Oct 19, 2011

Under the Radar is excited to announce the release of the indie music and entertainment print magazine’s 10th Anniversary Issue which hits newsstands next week. The extra-sized 10th Anniversary Issue features cover artists Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes Robin Pecknold together in an exclusive photo shoot and joint interview.  Exclusive video taken during the cover shoot of Robin Pecknold and Joanna Newsom arm wrestling can be found here More

Sep 08, 2010

Sooner or later, every musician has to try his or her hand at Stairway to Heaven. Now a bunch of artists—including M.WardChris Walla, and Laura Viers—are trying their hands at other covers in new compilation From the Land of and Snow: Songs of Led Zeppelin. We have the tracklist.  More

The Thermals Get Personal on New LP

New Album To Be Released on Kill Rock Stars in September

Jun 04, 2010

Portland's The Thermals, after a trio of thematically linked records excoriating right wing politics and organized religion, have announced the September 7 release of Personal Life on Kill Rock Stars. We have the details. More


Interviews

Feb 02, 2016

He's only been back in Seattle for a little over a week, but Chris Walla says he's already homesick for Norway. Barely a year has passed since he and his wife relocated to Tromsø—a town of over 70,000 residents in the Arctic Circle where winters turn into months of darkness.  More

Feb 01, 2016

In the fall of 2013, Chris Walla was having a crisis of confidence. After 17 years as guitarist and producer for Death Cab for Cutie, he found himself disinterested in the music they were working on for their eighth studio album, Kintsugi. More

Nov 02, 2012

If you weren’t paying attention, you might have missed that Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla released a solo record in 2008, the well-received but mostly overlooked Field Manual. And if you did pick up that album, if you didn’t listen all that closely, you might have missed that it was actually a fairly political album, with what Walla self-effacingly says are 10 “ill-fated protest songs.” More