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Andrew Scott Emerson Thomson
Evan James Redsky
Michael James Peterson

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Single Mothers has made a compelling case for bullshit. Not bullshit as in the self-serving act of using untruths for personal gain but rather how red flags, stacked odds and strike outs can somehow inspire a collective recklessness to keep at it.

For Single Mothers, bullshit came early. Its members were born throughout Ontario in the late 80s and early 90s, all to lower class families and many to single parent households. Some grew up on native reservations while others were raised by maternal grandparents. Some were the byproducts of one night stands. Some have 20 siblings. All ended up in London, ON - restless, frustrated and hungry to escape.

Founded by poet and vocalist Drew Thomson in 2008, the band began as a means for payback. However, due to Thomson's short fuse and tendency to destroy equipment, Single Mothers quickly ran through 9 members. Known to fire his entire band outright- which he did in 2009- and to have two different versions of the band existing at the same time, Thomson would simultaneously dissolve the band and keep it going. At one point, the band even continued on without him.

Somehow the right characters fell into place. Guitarist Micheal Peterson was tricked into the band; originally joining as drummer before moving on to bass then guitar then front man before returning to guitar. Drummer Matt Bouchard joined but was fired after getting into a car accident (but was later reinstated), and bassist Evan Redsky came on board in between stints in the navy and theatre school.

What emerged was a very different band. They were dangerously explosive live and exuded a palpable tension that clearly bled into the music. Creating feral punk with rock 'n' roll sensibilities, Single Mothers exuded serious songwriting chops as evidenced by their penchant for melody, hooks and dynamics. Also noticeable was Thomson's distinctive howl and clear enunciation of literary lyrics that are vignettes of small town
ennui and misguided bravado.

Overlooked by their hometown, the band quietly posted their final EP online and disbanded in early 2011. The S/T EP achieved a cult following and was later released by Deathwish's Secret Voice in early 2012. Promoted on the strength of the band's Christian Girls music video, the EP sold out in weeks.

In May 2012, the band decided to give it one last push: they quit their jobs, gave up their homes and procured a tour van through money willed to them by a deceased grandparent. Temporarily relocating to Montreal, they couch surfed and began writing their debut album, and practiced for the first time in a year. Despite little touring experience, they booked six weeks of shows across North America that summer then joined Title Fight on a 33 date North American tour last fall.

Kicking off 2013 by signing to Dine Alone Records in Canada and XL Recordings's Hot Charity imprint for the rest of the world, Single Mothers aren't resting on their laurels. This January, they're supporting Quicksand on select North American dates before recording their debut album with The Bronx's Joby J. Ford at his Big Game Lodge Studio in Los Angeles, California. Thereafter, Single Mothers will be supporting The Bronx across the UK this February before spending March touring the US east coast and playing SXSW.

While they haven't put their differences aside, Single Mothers has accepted that all the bullshit, the tension and the incompatibility that has destroyed them at times has not only gotten them here but has motivated them to work even harder. And, if that's to be believed then a ton of wrongs can lead to a right.
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Single Mothers Announce Debut Full Length, Stream Lead Track

The time has finally come. Single Mothers’ long-awaited debut full-length, Negative Qualities, will be released October 7 with Dine Alone in Canada.

Lead track "Marbles" is streaming on Pitchfork, alongside a feature interview with frontman Drew Thomson. Listen">bit.ly here.

Album pre-orders will launch September 2. Track listing:

1. Overdose
2. Marbles
3. Womb
4. Half-Lit
5. Feel Shame
6. Crooks
7. Patricide
8. Ketamine
9. Blood Pressure
10. Money

The band's extensive North American tour begins this month. Dates:

08.29.14 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Night Bazaar
08.30.14 – New York, NY – Cake Shop
09.03.14 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
09.04.14 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose Taphouse
09.06.14 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
09.08.14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
09.09.14 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
09.10.14 – Portland, OR – Alhambra Theater
09.11.14 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
09.12.14 – Victoria, BC – Rifflandia Music Fest
09.13.14 – Vancouver, BC – The Fox Cabaret
09.17.14 – Calgary, AB – The Palomino
09.18.14 – Edmonton, AB – The Studio
09.19.14 – Saskatoon, SK – Vangelis Tavern
09.20.14 – Winnipeg, MB – Handsome Daughter
09.21.14 – Minneapolis, MN – Fall Out Co-op
09.23.14 – St. Catharines, ON – Detour Music Hall *
09.24.14 - Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood *
09.25.14 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern *
09.26.14 – London, ON – Call The Office *
09.27.14 - Guelph, ON – Van Gogh’s Ear *
10.17.14 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
10.19.14 – Quebec, QC – La Source
10.21.14 – Halifax, NS – Halifax Pop Explosion
10.22.14 – Halifax, NS – Halifax Pop Explosion
10.12.14 – Boston, MA – Great Scott ^
10.26.14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary ^
10.27.14 – Washington, DC – Black Cat ^
10.28.14 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter ^
* w/ Solids
^w/ The Flatliners
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New Single Mothers Tour Dates Announced

New Single Mothers North American tour dates - including select shows with Solids and The Flatliners. Dates below.

Aug 29 — Brooklyn Night Bazaar — Brooklyn, NY
Aug 30 — Cake Shop — New York, NY
Sep 3 — Schubas Tavern — Chicago, IL
Sep 4 — Blue Moose Taphouse — Des Moines, IA
Sep 6 — Marquis Theater — Denver, CO
Sep 8 — Kilby Court — Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 9 — Neurolux — Boise, ID
Sep 10 — Alhambra Theater — Portland, OR
Sep 11 — El Corazon — Seattle, WA
Sep 12 — Rifflandia — Victoria, BC
Sep 13 — Fox Cabaret — Vancouver, BC
Sep 17 — The Palomino — Calgary, AB
Sep 18 — The Studio — Edmonton, AB
Sep 19 — Vangelis Tavern — Saskatoon, SK
Sep 20 — The Good Will — Winnipeg, MB
Sep 21 — Fall Out Co-op — Minneapolis, MN
Sep 23 — Detour Music Hall — Saint Catherines, ON
Sep 24 — This Ain’t Hollywood — Hamilton, ON
Sep 25 — The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern — Toronto, ON
Sep 26 — Call The Office — London, ON
Sep 27 — Van Gogh’s Ear — Guelph, ON

Keep an eye out for more Single Mothers news in the very, very near future.
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Single Mothers announce Ontario dates

Fresh off a massive North American tour with A Wilhelm Scream this month, London punk outfit Single Mothers have announced a string of Ontario dates to round out 2013:

• Thursday, Dec 12 - Casbah - Hamilton, ON
• Friday, Dec 13 - Bovine Sex Club - Toronto, ON
• Saturday, Dec 14 - Call The Office - London, ON

Tickets are on sale through www.singlemothersgang.com.www.singlemothersgang.com />
Be sure to check out the band's critically praised self-titled EP on iTunes HERE.">itunes.apple.com
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Dine Alone welcomes Single Mothers

Dine Alone Records is proud to announce the addition of London, ON’s Single Mothers to their Canadian roster. The punk quartet will be releasing their debut full-length album later this year via Dine Alone.

bit.ly target="_blank">Click to hear the band’s first single “Christian Girls”

Single Mothers have made a compelling case for how red flags, stacked odds and strike outs can somehow inspire a collective recklessness to keep at it. Known for their dangerously explosive live show and the palpable tension that bleeds into their music, the band has ran through 10 members since its inception in 2008, and has broken up countless times. However, after disbanding in early 2011 the band quietly posted their final EP online. Promoted on the strength of the band's “Christian Girls” music video, the EP sold out in weeks. The S/T EP achieved a cult following and inspired the band to reform the following year.

bit.ly target="_blank">Click to watch Single Mothers' "Christian Girls" video.

The last year has seen Single Mothers play countless illegal shows, a 33-date North American tour with Title Fight, plus opening slots for Fucked Up, Touché Amoré, and post-punk legends Quicksand. An upcoming UK tour with The Bronx, followed by a US east coast run will lead up to SXSW. dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">Click to view all tour dates.

The band will be taking a short break from touring this winter to record their debut full-length album with The Bronx's Joby J. Ford at his Big Game Lodge Studio in Los Angeles, California.
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