Photos: Single Mothers’ Intimate Show at The Basement
It’s a Wednesday evening in Columbus, and British-American soft-rock-band-turned-soap-opera Fleetwood Mac are across the street playing to a packed Nationwide Arena. Upstairs, it’s one-man-dance-party and presser-of-buttons Robert DeLong entertaining a sold out A&R Bar. But downstairs at the Basement? Well, downstairs is where the cool kids are, all 10 of them, for the blisteringly good, and quite noisy post-hardcore punk four-piece, Single Mothers.
Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Single Mothers and chief songwriter and singer Andrew Thomson have been around for around 10 years, 16 or so members, and three full length studio albums. Their slightly heavier Through A Wall (released this year on Dine Alone Records) is the focus of this current tour. The band stopped by Columbus for a solo show at a slightly undersold Basement.
Yet, despite the oddly small crowd, and lack of opening band, an enthusiastic crowd watched on as Thomson and company ripped their way through the songs as though they were playing to a packed house. They’d pause between the fast-tempo punk rock to chat with the small gathering of fans; conversations about taco trucks and the difference in size between Cleveland and Columbus sat seamlessly between songs about sex, drugs and religion.
An odd show for sure, but an intimate and special evening for those in the know, and a good time missed for those that weren’t.
Matt Ellis is a freelance photographer who covers bands that visit the city and the Columbus Crew MLS team. More about Matt can be found at Matt Ellis Photography.