Single Mothers

Biography

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.

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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.

Members

  • Andrew Scott Emerson Thomson - Vocals
  • Michael James Peterson - Guitar
  • Evan James Redsky - Bass
  • Brandon Jagersky - Drums

Contacts

General
Dine Alone Records
  singlemothers@dinealonerecords.com

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General
Dine Alone Records
  singlemothers@dinealonerecords.com

Videos

“People Are Pets”

“Meltdown (Live)”

“Patricide”

“Half-Lit”

Shows

Date Location Venue Details  
October 17, 2017 Los Angeles, CA Teragram w/ Touche Amore
November 15, 2017 Brighton, UK Green Door Store --
November 16, 2017 London, UK Kamio --
November 17, 2017 Birmingham, UK The Flapper --
November 18, 2017 Manchester, UK Star and Garter --
November 19, 2017 Glasgow, UK 13th --
November 21, 2017 Leeds, UK Brudenell Community Room --
November 22, 2017 Nottingham, UK Bodega --
November 23, 2017 Cardiff, UK Clwb Ifor Bach --
November 25, 2017 Eindhoven, NL Dynamo Basement --
November 26, 2017 Antwerp, BE Jh Kavka --
November 27, 2017 Paris, FR Supersonic --
November 28, 2017 Koln, DE Blue Shell --
November 29, 2017 Berlin, DE Urban Spree --
November 30, 2017 Hamburg, DE Hafenklang --
December 7, 2017 Quebec City, QC L'Anti Bar & Spectacles w/ Little Junior
December 8, 2017 Ottawa, ON Brass Monkey w/ Little Junior, A Wilhelm Scream, The Flatliners
December 9, 2017 Montreal, QC Club Soda w/ Little Junior, A Wilhelm Scream, The Flatliners
December 11, 2017 Toronto, ON The Danforth Music Hall w/ Alexisonfire
December 13, 2017 Hamilton, ON This Ain't Hollywood w/ Little Junior
December 15, 2017 London, ON Call The Office w/ Little Junior
December 17, 2017 Toronto, ON The Great Hall Toronto w/ Little Junior, in Longboat Hall