Editors' Notes Through a Wall opens with the sound of rapturous, arena-sized applause. But the rock-star reverie is rudely interrupted by a voice blurting “shut up”—and we’re instantly hurtled back into London, Ontario, punks Single Mothers’ familiarly dank universe via the sludgy pummel of “Marathon.” Even coming from a band whose most charismatic quality has always been their crankiness, Through a Wall is an unrelentingly surly record: The grime-coated production and murderous hardcore energy give frontman Andrew Thomson’s ravaging rants an even more serrated age on blitzkrieg strikes like “Dog Parks” and “Catch & Release.” However, momentary relief from the onslaught arrives in the form of “Stoic / Pointless,” a lost-youth lament that dials down the velocity but greatly increases the emotional wallop.

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Marathon
1
2:40
 
24/7
2
2:30
 
Dog Parks
3
1:34
 
Switch Off
4
1:24
 
Catch & Release
5
1:38
 
Engine
6
2:45
 
Stoic / Pointless
7
3:47
 
Web
8
1:54
 
Across the Couch
9
3:03
 
Big Scar
10
1:47
 
-
11
0:17
 
Tan Line (Like Passing Through a Wall)
12
2:18
 
Signs
13
2:13
 
Evidence Locker
14
3:49
 

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