Monday, 7 May 2018


"negative qualities"
Year:  2014
Country:  Canada
City:  London, ON
Label:  HC
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock

Single Mothers are full of negative qualities. Lyrically, it's obvious. But music wise, it's totally the opposite. Remember "Winter Coats" from these dudes? One of the most jacked up jams ever. That was the moment I fell in love with Single Mothers. Jeremy Bolm touted them as one of the most energetic, amped bands around and safe to say that upon exploring them, the Ontario natives were definitely living up to billing. Their 2011 EP proved why. They had a lot of pent up rage, frustration and decadence to release and write/sing about. In terms of melodic hardcore, unabashed punk and don't—give—a—fuck lyrics, this debut LP really hits all the notes they've struck in the past (which made them more than likeable) and further allows them to flesh out their sound. More completely at that. It's what you more. Negative Qualities is the dominating and harsh piece of music you expected from them, intended to shake people down and take your hand to scribble this record down as a contender for top ten of 2014. It's that intrusive. The record's full of attitude and feels like a middle finger in your face. Snarky, sarcastic and condescending. All mapped out over punk at breakneck speeds while Andrew Thomson spews his usual rants on drugs, alcohol, girls, sex, basements, blackouts and all the frowned—upon shit in society. It's so obnoxious and immature that you wonder when or if he'll ever get into clever lyrical territory and dump this frat boy gig, but what shocks you the most is how much of a fuck you end up NOT giving, because the music is that friggin' good. "Marbles," "Womb" and "Half—Lit" are examples of their sneering sound that rub them as angrier than ever. Refreshing nonetheless. Why? Because amidst this bratty disposition, you've got amazing punk riffs, frenetic drum work with cymbals crashing and matching the lo fi feedback, and overall, you're swamped with Single Mothers' distorted, sweaty basement fuzz - all painting their portrait as damaged goods oh so well (*Review writen by Renaldo 69 ). Awesome artwork, paintings and wall by Cleon Peterson.
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