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It's also easy for a band to catch peoples' eyes with a unique piece of merchandise, which is just what Canadian hardcore act and recent Hot Charity signees Single Mothers did Saturday night. I caught the group when they opened for beloved melodic-hardcore band Quicksand at the Metro on Saturday, and they were selling one particular item that piqued my interest: a used Kodak disposable point-and-shoot camera. Single Mothers' tour manager Dylan Smith told me the guys decided to buy a bunch of these cameras and take them on their tour with Quicksand, using each one to document a 24-hour period of the trek and then sell it to whomever was interested. I quickly threw down five dollars for the camera, which captured their experiences in Detroit and Chicago, and got Smith's e-mail address to pass along the photos once I got them processed—he told me he had no idea what would come of any of the cameras, and I was more than happy to share the pictures and get the anecdotes behind all of them.
Getting one-time-use cameras developed isn't as easy as it used to be—I dropped by four different Walgreens before finding one that could process the camera in-house—and the resulting photos aren't the best quality, but the peek at the band's experience on the road and Smith's insightful anecdotes are worth the hassle. Take a look at the highlights from the photo collection and Smith's comments in the slideshow below: