“This has become a project, more vanity than logic because I’ve found the view from the cross can be so awesome” gurgles Drew Thompson in the opening diatribe of Meltdown, the third EP released by the Canadian band Single Mothers. It’s a short and uncharacteristically nostalgic surprise release that sparks intrigue for the band’s upcoming, Will Yip-produced 2nd LP.
“Meltdown” features more melody and conventional song structure than any previous Single Mothers’ release to date. The EP’s variety is also undeniable with echoes of goth and the emo revival on display throughout.
The band’s willingness to experiment is most prominent on the track “Everybody Cool,” which, while excellent, sounds strikingly similar to a Modern Baseball release.
Thompson also comes off as far less nihilistic in “Meltdown,” seemingly spending more time basking in bittersweet nostalgia than screaming at the void.
Though not quite as polished as their previous releases, “Meltdown” is still an excellent offering from the Canadian punk rockers.
“Idiomatic,” “Slow Reader”