Single Mothers is a Canadian punk rock band based in London, Ontario that formed in 2008. The band released its debut studio album Negative Qualities in 2014.
Canadian Andrew Thompson formed Single Mothers in 2008, "as a means of seeking revenge upon an ex-girlfriend." The band released two EPs in its early years, Wild Party in 2010 and Single Mothers in 2011, the latter of which was released though Secret Voice — an imprint of Jacob Bannon's Deathwish Inc. founded by Jeremy Bolm of Touché Amoré. Its self-titled EP was promoted with music videos for "Christian Girls" and "Baby". Single Mothers headlined a US tour in June–August 2012 and supported Pianos Become the Teeth and Title Fight in October–November 2012.
Thompson quit Single Mothers in 2011 to mine for gold Swastika, Ontario. His father noticed that his son was "drinking too much and hanging with the wrong people in [London, Ontario]," and proposed the idea that he should prospect for gold with his extended family instead. Thompson commented: "I was going to go up there for only a couple months, but I ended up loving it and stayed for three years." During his time away from the band, Thompson also started writing and recording some solo material. In 2013, he released a four-song EP titled Honesty is a Confidence Problem through Secret Voice, and a two-song self-titled EP (under the name Drew Thompson) through No Sleep Records in 2014. Though he later returned to Single Mothers, he intends to continue his solo career and mine for gold.
In 2013, Thompson reunited with Single Mothers and the band began working on its debut studio album. The members teamed up with producer Joby J. Ford of the punk rock band The Bronx and initially recorded at his own Big Game Lodge Studio in Los Angeles, California, but later recorded in Toronto, London and New York. The band also toured North America in support of Quicksand's reunion tour in January 2013, the UK in support of The Bronx in February 2013, various US dates in March 2013 and the east coast US with A Wilhelm Scream. After two years of work, Single Mothers released its debut studio album Negative Qualities on Hot Charity on October 7, licensing the record in Canada to Dine Alone Records. The band promoted the album with an online stream of the track "Marbles" in August 2014 and a supporting North American tour August–October 2014. A music video for "Half-Lit" released the day after the North American release of the album.
Vocalist Andrew Thompson's lyrics take the stance of an outsider-looking-in and cover topics such as religion, small-town life, drugs, alcohol, sex and relationships, and pretentious people. In his review of "Christian Girls," Ian Cohen of Pitchfork noted several music themes within the one song, commenting: "In the span of 142 seconds, Andrew Thomson projects his frustration onto concepts vast enough to make it a fair fight, but he can't find a single suitable explanation for his inability to get some after tearing down the entire courtship process ('This ain't a date, it's just coffee!'), human vanity ('Jealousy's attention to the ones who can get it/ Something like coming in second') and organized religion ('I thought it's 'cause she's a Christian/ Turns out the girl just wasn't with it')." Thompson's vocal style was influenced by Bear vs. Shark, The Hold Steady, The Replacements, The Streets and Conor Oberst.
By 2013, Single Mothers had "been through no fewer than 16 members."