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Single Mothers

Single Mothers: Single MothersSingle Mothers (2011)
self-released

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I first heard London, Ontario's Single Mothers when they opened for Touché Amoré with an impressive set in Toronto. While thanking the other acts, Jeremy from TA informed the crowd Single Mothers were one of his favorite current bands. Impressed with what I saw and intrigued by the shout out, I gr.
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I first heard London, Ontario's Single Mothers when they opened for Touché Amoré with an impressive set in Toronto. While thanking the other acts, Jeremy from TA informed the crowd Single Mothers were one of his favorite current bands. Impressed with what I saw and intrigued by the shout out, I grabbed the band's self titled EP off Bandcamp when I returned home. Two weeks and numerous plays later, I can safely say I echo Jeremy's sentiment wholeheartedly.

Single Mothers play a clever blend of melodic hardcore and fun, gritty punk rock. There's a definite element of sleaze on this EP, thanks in large part to it's scratchy, lo-fi production and distorted-to-hell buzzsaw guitars. Vocalist Andrew Thomson's snotty, almost sarcastic bark complements the band's vibe perfectly, as does his subject matter--he likes to sing about girls, getting drunk and well, getting drunk with girls. The quick and dirty description for Single Mothers has to be "four blasts of punk rock attitude straight to the face."

Wait, what's that you say? What I just described sounds like Cerebral Ballzy at best? Well, don't fear my good reader; these dudes fortunately have the chops to back up all their bratty angst. First off, the "basement demo" vibe was definitely by design--there's no way you get cymbals to sound that good by accident, especially when a dude from Attack in Black is mixing your record. Furthermore, underneath all that fuzz and feedback, these lads lay down a mean tune. From the Mod Life meets MCD melodies on "Hell (Is My Backup Plan)" to the stoner-metal tinged breakdown on "Baby," the band manages to keep it fresh on every track without losing an ounce of that aforementioned attitude.

As for Thomson's lyrics? Just because his subject matter isn't exactly brain food, doesn't mean his lyrics aren't. Sure, the words "girl" and "drink" show up a disproportionate amount of the time, but there's also a fair bit of reflection and commentary on the life he's singing about. Where others may draw a caricature, Thomson's raw emotion and thoughtful honesty allow him to paint a rather interesting portrait of the liquor-loving ladies man he (presumably) can be.

Perhaps what's most striking about this EP is how dangerous it sounds. Not dangerous in a violent "Hatebreed" way--more in a self-inflicted, "Charles Bukowski's liver" kind of way. Or maybe a "don't leave these dudes in a room with your sister" kind of way. Whatever the case, Single Mothers has a fervent energy that harks back to a time when punk was truly for degenerates and damaged weirdos. Basically, if you listened to this in high school, your parents would have been pissed.

Before I get ahead of myself; let me clarify: this EP isn't perfect (it needs six more songs, for starters). It is, however, a very exciting first look at a band we should be hearing a lot more from in the future. Hit up these dudes on Bandcamp and catch a show if you're in the area. I guarantee they won't disappoint.

 

 
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Spazway (July 24, 2012)

This isn't the right cover, I don't think... but great review, one of my favorite bands/favorite EP's.

carlo_cabinetti (December 21, 2011)

Definitely reminds me of a more pissed off/less earnest Hold Steady. That talk about the hipster girls and the bacardi is Craig Finn all over. Not a bad thing. Loving the overdriven amp sound too.

lmchc (December 18, 2011)

i get more a lftr pllr vibe than hold steady.

tomayto, tomahto i suppose.

gugl0003 (December 18, 2011)

Man, I fucking love this band. 6 PBR and 11 shots of whiskey later, they're the best band I've ever heard!

moistphily (December 16, 2011)

Holy shit this is great.

wallofyouth (December 16, 2011)

i mean, like ours. me is not cheap equipment

wallofyouth (December 16, 2011)

i like the sound a lot... that is harder to achieve than it seems. at least for a band trying to record in a practice space with cheap equipment like me

thegreatestmanalive (December 16, 2011)

Super impressed by these guys. Pretty great

gassed (December 16, 2011)

were still waiting on the artwork! fear not, were not completely stupid!

gugl0003 (December 16, 2011)

What I was saying with the "six more songs" thing is that I wish it was a full length... I guess that was lost.

adam (December 16, 2011)

This EP is awesome.

eatdogs (December 16, 2011)

that's some cliché artwork there. i wonder if the music is jsut like it...

spoon_of_grimbo (December 16, 2011)

i saw these guys mentioned on jeremy bolm's tumblr, he described them as "a post-hardcore Hold Steady" which intrigued me. but apart from the demo he'd posted a stream of, i couldn't find anything else. might have to get on this!

FromAbove (December 16, 2011)

Like it. But it's not perfect because it doesn't have six more songs...? It's an EP, not an album, EPs usually doesn't have that many songs.

palpitations101 (December 16, 2011)

YOU cantah alwayse geteh what youw wawawant....butifaaa tryah sometimessssssssss

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