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The Thermals Get Ready to Rumble in ‘The Sunset’ Video

Portland punk-pop trio shares 'Desperate Ground' clip

picture-18276-1372868632Chris Martins // May 21, 2013

Portland trio the Thermals make a fiery return to their punky roots on their sixth album Desperate Ground, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’re in fighting form. Bassist Kathy Foster stars as a boxer training for the big fight in the above video for “The Sunset,” doing all of the usual things: chasing chickens, running track, jumping rope, and cranking out sit-ups. She also recreates Rosie Perez’s hip-thrusting, chest-pumping dance from the opening credits of Do the Right Thing with impressive accuracy and chutzpah. The band co-directs the clip with Jeffrey Rowles, and recent SPIN interview subject Hutch Harris plays the announcer, channeling early Green Day in his command over the popped-up punk track. “Dookie is a record we always go back to as an example for how to make a record where every single song is so good,” Hutch told us. “They’re just really simple, really effective songs.” We have a feeling Billie Joe would approve of this lean, mean fighting machine. (via Stereogum)