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Negative Qualities is a blisteringly raw record, unapologetically and straightforwardly punk rock. Thomson sings "I need God about as much as she needs me" on 'Patricide', a pummeling 2 1/2-minute number about hippie college girls going wild with the locals. He erupts with the instantaneously classic lyric "Never met anyone who wanted so badly to be hated" on 'Ketamine'. The 52-second long 'Womb' begins with a bass riff that wouldn't feel out of place on an early Fugazi record, and it creates a remarkably self-contained and desperately fatalistic world in under a minute with lyrics like, "Cause I'm falling apart, I'm not falling behind" and "Rock and roll's a sacrifice".
This is an album that lives up to its title, a sonic and lyrical gut punch. It's an exorcism of nihilism and negativity, 10 songs and 25-minutes of musical brutalism. Single Mothers will play DC on October 27, opening for The Flatliners at The Black Cat. For now, have a listen to 'Marbles' and try not to punch anyone.