The word on the street is that we are getting the old Thermals sound back. The sound that was less polished and more dirty, which is where some of their best material lies. The new track "Born to Kill" demonstrates that unapologetically.
By the way, they will be playing a couple of dates in the Bay Area soon. 03/01 in San Francisco at Noise Pop at the Rickshaw Stop and the next day, 03/02 in Cupertino at the Homestead Lanes Bowling Alley. Sounds like a sweet venue to me.