Bands are always told they need to grow and evolve as musicians. For many bands, that doesn’t work. When making an album and unsure of its potential, then finding success with it, it becomes even harder to duplicate that success. If you try to make something successful, odds are you’ll fail (Unless you have super Beatles-like powers) and if you say “Well, what I did on the last album worked, let me just do it again on this album” you run the very high risk of people not being able to tell the difference and thus they don’t care.
With six studio albums under their belt, that is quite a feat for any band. I firmly believe The Thermals to be one of those great bands that can overcome the idea of putting out the same album repeatedly while yet seemingly doing just that.