On one too many occasions I’ve gotten suckered into the hype over a band. Whether it’s from reading incessant posts and gushing from fanboys on message boards like VC or friends who swear by the bands, I get sucked in and most often than not walk away disappointed. Or the hype and novelty wears off and those rose-colored glasses end up coming off.
But every so often…and rarely…a band truly lives up to what I’ve heard and as soon as listen to them, I become a solid fan. Especially after witnessing their live show. Funny how seeing a band live usually confirms and cements the affinity for them. When they’re good of course.
With Single Mothers I am not sure if there was any hype surrounding them per se. May have been simply due to their connection to Touché Amoré who are the darlings lately. Not taking anything away from TA because I dig them a whole lot. Jeremy Bolm of TA started a label, Secret Voice, and the first signing/release is the self-titled 7″ from Ontario’s Single Mothers.
What initially got my attention from Single Mothers was how close their post-hardcore sound was to that of These Arms Are Snakes. Not a carbon-copy or emulation, but more of a kinship in sound and style and feel. It was that same bombastic and spastic frenzied noise. And not to mention some of the most snarky and cynical lyrics I had heard in a while.
The initial offering from the band and Silent Voice is in the form of a 7″: two colors: Yellow (out of 275) and Black (out of 800). All is good. This is a must-buy for fans of the genre.
The packaging is simple enough with a folded sleeve with all the pertinent info about the band and release and whatnot.
As it turned out, the band played a record release show and of course they were to have special copies of the 7″. I didn’t find out until well after and chalked it up to a loss. I didn’t see the point of posting all over record message boards begging for a copy from anyone willing to sell theirs if they one. But as luck would have it a few weeks ago, a fellow record nerd in Canada posted that he had one up for grabs. With the quickness I messaged him and after completing the deal and the mail taking forever to show up, I had my hands on the record release version.
I was already sold on this band but seeing them live when they recently played here in South Florida a couple of week ago…man…that is what truly did it. Single Mothers is a band that has to be witnessed performing live. Their shows are complete trainwrecks (in a great way) of insanity and fun.
If you’re still plenty curious about Single Mothers and want to get more insight into their self-titled 7″…check out the review I did for them over at The 1st Five. Then go out and get your hands on this 7″.
Or not. Doesn’t matter.