Born throughout Ontario in the mid ’80s and early ’90s, the members of Single Mothers were – as the name implies – largely raised by single mothers. Early life was trying and dysfunctional – some grew up on reservations, others in trailer parks. Some were byproducts of one night stands, others were reared as have-nots, raised by grandparents or brought up alongside 20 siblings. They schemed to change their lot; some became petty drug dealers, some subsidized themselves with thievery and some joined the armed forces. All failed to varying degrees, and settled on music.

While accounts vary, Single Mothers was either founded amidst a nervous breakdown or as a means for payback. What is known, is that it was shakily hatched by Drew Thomson in his hometown of London, Ontario in 2008. Having lined up shows before he had a band or any music of his own, Thomson would quickly gain a reputation as a gifted troubadour; known for his enunciated howl and literary lyrics that married poetic penance with vignettes of small town ennui. But he was also an incendiary character; firing his band outright in 2009, and at one point having two different versions of the band existing at the same time.

Single Mothers Premiere "Half-Lit" Video from their new album 'Negative Qualities', out on HXC, Dine Alone Records

Single Mothers Premiere “Half-Lit” Video

Single Mothers released their debut full-length album yesterday. Negative Qualities was released by HXC Recordings, an XL imprint (and in Canada by Dine Alone Records). Today, they release their video for the single “Half-Lit”. Half-Lit” was directed by Droga5’s Spencer LaVallee. LaVallee says: “When I first heard Single Mothers, I was drawn to the way they:

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Review of Single Mothers' 'Negative Qualities' out October 6th

Review: Single Mothers’ ‘Negative Qualities’

On October 7th, London, Ontario’s Single Mothers will release their debut LP Negative Qualities for XL imprint Hot Charity. As suggested in their bio, the album barely made it to press – Single Mothers “ran through a dozen members before finally recording”, and a blurb on the group’s Bandcamp page suggests the band “broke up in 2009:

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SINGLE MOTHERS share new track "Marble" from their forthcoming LP 'NEGATIVE QUALITIES' out October 7 on Dine Alone and XL, tour starts 8/29 in Brooklyn

Single Mothers Share “Marble” From New LP

London’s very own SINGLE MOTHERS are back. The band has just announced the release of their debut album, NEGATIVE QUALITIES, to be released on October 7 on Dine Alone and XL Recordings. The first single is a banger called “Marble.” The,

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