Single Mothers release their new album 'Negative Qualities' this week. Here's what we made of it.
Look at that album cover! Strange, angry, primitive men beating seven bells out of each other in a place littered with booze bottles. It’s perfect for Single Mothers’ first album; a ragged, pissy, turbulent post-hardcore concoction that bleeds raw rock ‘n’ roll. Dominating proceedings is vocalist Drew Thomson, whose bitter, snarky verbiage recalls that of the angry, funny-smelling, puzzlingly literate guy bending your ear on that long night bus journey home. ‘Negative Qualities’ might be uncomfortable listening, but it’s also entrancing, from the scrawny punk rock jams to the Nirvana-esque ‘Feel Shame’ or the surprisingly tuneful late-’90s emo of ‘Money’.