You can measure how good a summer show in Houston is based on a sweat index- that is, how sweaty the band (and the audience) are willing to get in pursuit of a good show. And by that index, The Thermals‘ set at Fitzgerald’s was a killer one. A few songs in, all three members of the band were, as bassist Kathy Foster put it, “glistening.” By the end of the show, you could have upgraded it from “glistening” to “soaked.”
The heat couldn’t stop the band or the audience. Fitzgerald’s was packed with fans who were singing and thrashing from the first few notes. The show was exactly what a show at a divey rock club should be: packed, loud, fast, and fun. The band played a mix of new and old material, including crowd favorites like “No Culture Icons.” The people at the front were going crazy, of course, but the enthusiasm made its way throughout the venue.
All in all, one of the most enjoyable shows I’ve seen in a while. The Thermals are on tour for the rest of June with Matt and Kim. If they are making a stop in your town, you should definitely check them out. The tour schedule (and a bit more) after the jump.
The Thermals on Tour (with Matt & Kim)
June 14 – Tempe, AZ (Marquee Theatre)
June 15 – Hollywood, CA (The Music Box)
June 16 – San Diego, CA (House of Blues)
June 17 – Hollywood, CA (The Music Box)
June 18 – Oakland, CA (The Fox)
June 20 – Salt Lake City, UT (In the Venue)
June 21 – Denver, CO (Ogden Theater)
June 22 – Kansas City, MO (Beaumont)
June 23 – St. Louis, MO (Pageant)
June 24 – Detroit, MI (Majestic Theater)
June 25 – Chicago, IL (Vic Theater)
June 26 – Chicago, IL (Green Music Festival)
June 28 – Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
June 29 – New York, NY (Terminal 5)
June 30 – Boston, MA (House of Blues)
On a related note, can we all agree that Kathy Foster’s hair is completely rock star? There seems to be an inverse relationship between badass hair styles and the likelihood that you could get away with the style at your 9-5.
By the way, all the photos I took at the show came out pretty badly. So instead of subjecting you to my (lack of) photography skills, both photos are from the Thermals show a few days earlier in Tampa, FL. They’re taken by Nicole Kibert/ www.elawgrrl.com, and she’s got a bunch more good shots from that show to check out on her Flickr.