It almost didn’t happen, but Single Mothers is back with a new album! And as soon as Drew Thomson kicks off opening track “Undercover” with his trademark vocal delivery that is as candid as it is cynical and lingers somewhere between spoken word and yelling, he has your attention. And when the rest of the band joins in, you know it’s going to be good. Just sit back and enjoy… after all, it is their pleasure.
Next up we get “High Speed” and “Long Distance”, two more snotty punk tracks of the same variety as the ones that made us take notice of 2014’s “Negative Qualities”. From there on, it’s a free-for-all. Single Mothers treat us to some of their most melodic songs to date with “Leash” and “Bolt Cutters”, but will just as well punch you in the face with raging cuts such as “Bile” and “Well-Wisher”.
In true punk rock fashion, Single Mothers do just what they want to do and don’t seem to give a shit if you like it. Hell, they even anticipate you not liking in the abovementioned “High Speed”: ‘Here's my pledge of allegiance to the kids I can already hear making fun of this. I respect a good quip. In fact, I'm looking forward to reading it. Here's my pledge of allegiance to the kids I can already hear making fun of this. 'I like the older shit. Whatever happened to Single Mothers?’ Well, as far as we’re concerened… nothing happened to Single Mothers. They are still at the top of their game on “Our Pleasure”.
- High Speed
- Long Distance
- People Are Pets
- Bolt Cutters