Calling out the Christian Right; Bringing in the Fans

I don’t believe I’ve ever listened to the band The Thermals before, but I’m definitely going to have to now.

As one story notes, “The Body, The Blood, The Machine,” the band’s third full-length, was produced by Fugazi’s Brendan Canty, released by Sub Pop and tells the fictitious tale of a young couple attempting to flee a U.S. governed by extreme Christian fascists.

The Body, The Blood, The Machine is well-written and filled with energetic, poppy anthems and, much to the act’s delight, has inspired political debate by both religious and non-religious people. The three Thermals were raised Catholic and they don’t see the album’s 1984-like themes as a cry against organized faiths, but as a worst-case scenario on how bad things could get with the current U.S. administration.

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“It’s gotten people thinking and talking about the state of the U.S. and about how much involvement Christianity has in our government, and how much our government uses Christianity’s influence and affluence for its own agenda. Ultimately, it’s just another viewpoint on the state of things in the U.S., but with a paranoid fantasy/science fiction twist to it. Plus, you can jump up and down to it.

I often find myself jumping up and down when listening to critiques of the religious right.

“It also ended up being a kind of rallying album for the obvious lefties and punkers, but also for Christians who don’t agree with how their religion is being dragged through the mud by the Bush administration and the rest of the Christian right. We’ve gotten a bunch of emails of appreciation from Christian fans, and that’s something I totally didn’t foresee.”

Their next album, “[M]ight be a sequel to the last album, or it could have something to do with cavemen, aliens and time travel. It’s still too early to tell.”

And the difference between that album and the current one would be . . .?

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