Stream: The Thermals’ new track, ‘Born to Kill’

The Thermals – Hutch Harris, Kathy Foster, Westin Glass – debuted a new track, ‘Born to Kill.’ (Photo by Thomas Oliver)

I don’t know a better way to introduce yourself to The Thermals’ new album than “Born to Kill,” which premiered today on SPIN and that you can listen to below.

Hutch Harris, Kathy Foster and Westin Glass recorded their latest album — ”Desperate Ground” is out April 16 on Saddle Creek Records — over a few weeks in Hoboken, N.J., just before Hurricane Sandy hit.

The album deals a lot with violence, which you’ll hear in “Born to Kill,” and ties directly to shootings and violence the band kept hearing about earlier this year. The album’s not about a serial killer or a school shooter, but a huge unending war and a lone warrior waging battle with a sword.

“To me, the whole journey of the record was more about someone learning to deal with the harsh reality around them. I wanted to start with someone who was fighting for freedom and fighting for their family, someone who doesn’t enjoy killing but is doing it because it’s necessary,” Harris told SPIN. “Ultimately, that character realizes, ‘Oh I was born to kill, I was made to do this. It’s what I’m good at.’ Full Metal Jacket is one of my favorite movies, and [Joker] has two pins: one’s a peace sign and there other says ‘Born to Kill.’”

You’ll have to wait for my full review, but “Desperate Ground” is fantastic. You can tell from listening to “Born to Kill,” but it’s a return to dirty, echoing punk that you know well if you liked the band’s early albums, including “The Body, the Blood, the Machine.”

“I think we’re doing what people like best about this band on this record,” Harris said. “It’s us getting back to what we’re best at and what people love about us, which is really direct, really fast, really loud, and kinda crazy.”

Pre-order “Desperate Ground” from Saddle Creek.

What do you think of the song? Listen below and lets talk about it in the comments.

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