Here’s Your Future – The Thermals

The Thermals are an American indie punk band based in Portland, Oregon.

The Thermals were came together in 2002 with Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster, who had been band mates before, most notably in the folk duo Hutch & Kathy. Their first album, More Parts per Million, was released in 2003 by Sub Pop Records. The record was recorded and performed entirely by Hutch Harris, who played every instrument and recorded the record on a 4-track cassette machine in the kitchen of his house. The first live line-up was Harris with Kathy Foster on bass, Jordan Hudson on drums and Ben Barnett on guitar  Their follow up Fuckin A was mixed by Death Cab For Cutie member Chris Walla, although the sound remained much the same. Ben Barnett had left the band by this point, so Hutch Harris took over on guitar for this album.

Their third album, The Body, The Blood, The Machine, won the group much recognition, appearing on multiple top album lists for 2006 (including those of NPR, The AV Club and Pitchfork). Jordan Hudson dropped out of the band during the recording of their third album. Kathy Foster took over percussion duties in the recording studio, which Lorin Coleman performed on tour. Produced by Brendan Canty of Fugazi, it was a politically charged concept album designed to showcase a path of religious tyranny that America might take.

The Thermals’ fourth album, Now We Can See, was released on a new label, Kill Rock Stars, and produced by label associate John Congleton. Again, Foster worked as the percussionist on the album. Westin Glass joined the group as a drummer after the album was finished and supported them on tour. He is the band’s current percussionist.

Teaming up again with Walla, The Thermals fifth album, Personal Life was released September 7, 2010.

Here’s Your Future

Here’s Your Future is the first song on the album, The Body, the Blood, the Machine, and it tells the story of a young couple who must flee a United States governed by faux-Christians.


God reached his hand down from the sky
He flooded the land, when he set it afire

He said, “Fear me again, know I’m your father,
Remember that no one can breathe underwater.”

So bend your knees and bow your heads
Save your babies, here’s your future…


God reached his hand down from the sky
God asked Noah if he wanted to die
He said, “No Sir, oh, no Sir!”
God said, “Here’s your future.
It’s gonna rain…”

So we packing our things
We’re building a boat
We’re gonna create the new master race
‘Cause we’re so pure, oh Lord we’re so pure!!!

So here’s your future…

God told his son, “It’s time to come home.
I promise you won’t have to die all alone.
I need you to pay for the sins I create.”
Son said, “I will, but Dad, I’m afraid!!!”

So here’s your future…
So here’s your future…
So here’s your future.

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About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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