As the story goes, the city of Portland had a 50% chance of being called “Boston” by early founders, who made their decision by the flip of a coin. In a similar way, Portland rock and soul band Thanks could’ve been called Cold One City. But “Thanks” fits better when you know its origins: a song by 60s country singer Ernest Tubbs, directed to a real or imagined ex, sarcastically called “Thanks a Lot.” The Portland group’s songs explore the dark places at the end of a relationship, somewhere between the angry end and triumphant release, with a swagger and flair that’s easy to nod along with.
We sat down with three members of the band: lead singer “Jimi” Hendrix, drummer Drew Sprouse, and keys player Noah Jay-Bonn to talk about the group’s music. Watch the interview and the full band’s dramatic performance (with cellist Lilly Maher, bassist Garrett Brown, and guitarist Andrew Hanna) at Mississippi Studios for opbmusic Stagepass.
Audio Recording and Mixes: Steven Kray
Interview Recording: Bill Ward
Director: Matthew Thomas Ross
Editor: Nate Sjol
Shooters: Matthew Thomas Ross, Nate Sjol, Gary McLeod, Hannah Andrews, Harrisen Howes
Lighting: Matthew Rosvold
Production Design: Hannah Andrews
Executive Producer: David Christensen