Drew Thomson went digging for gold but found “Oxy” instead

Drew Thomson went digging for gold but found “Oxy” instead

In 2012 much of the hardcore scene was buzzing about the Canadian band Single Mothers. Its self-titled 7-inch released on Secret Voice (the record label run by Touché Amoré’s Jeremy Bolm) captured a band that sounded like Black Flag but had the drug-addled storytelling and vocal style of a deranged Craig Finn. Then, Drew Thomson, the band’s singer, quit the band, opting to become a gold prospector instead. During his leave from Single Mothers Thomson releasde the four-song cassette, Honesty Is A Confidence Problem, and since then he’s gone on to give up prospecting, rejoin Single Mothers, and release a pair of the songs he wrote while searching for gold in the Canadian mines. 

“Oxy,” which The A.V. Club is premiering below, is a plaintive tale of drug abuse and recovery, a topic that popped up in his past work but remains as compelling as ever. “Oxy” will serve as the B-side to Thomson’s upcoming, self-titled 7-inch release on No Sleep Records, where pre-orders are available


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