|Photo by Ben Pobjoy courtesy of Beggars Group USA|
Single Mothers (the band) sound like a nihilistic sibling to The Hold Steady, or a manic next-generation Dischord band. Their album Negative Qualities, which came out last October on XL imprint Hot Charity, is 10 songs and 25 minutes of incandescent musical brutalism. From a profile in Pitchfork's Rising series to sets at CMJ last year and SXSW earlier this month, this is a band that is poised on the brink of stardom despite their best efforts. You can check out our interview with lead vocalist and sometime songwriter Drew Thomson just prior to their last show in DC. Don't miss it...and don't forget the earplugs.