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Q And Not U

Q And Not U: PowerPower (2004)
Dischord Records

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A few years back I was talking to a friend of mine about music, and as was the normal routine, we talked about bands we'd "discovered" recently. It was during this discussion that I was introduced to a band with a strange name. "Dude, I just picked up this new CD, it's great" "Oh yeah?" "Yeah.
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A few years back I was talking to a friend of mine about music, and as was the normal routine, we talked about bands we'd "discovered" recently. It was during this discussion that I was introduced to a band with a strange name.

"Dude, I just picked up this new CD, it's great"
"Oh yeah?"
"Yeah, it's this band, Q And Not U?"
"What the fuck kind of name is that?"
"I don't know, check it out, I'm telling you, it's great"
"Yeah, sure."

With that, I had a burned copy of Q And Not U's No Kill No Beep Beep in my hands. So, did I listen to it in the car on the way home? Nah, I put in something else. How about when I got home? Nah, I think I listened to Bad Religion or something. How about any time that week? Nope. Finally, two weeks later after constant nagging, I grabbed the CD at the last second because I couldn't think of what I wanted to listen to at work that night. Well, it didn't take long for Q and not U to show me the error of my ways, and I of course regretted not listening to it sooner. Of course, I couldn't admit to being wrong, so when my friend asked what I thought, I blatantly lied and said, "I guess it's ok." But the fact that I had ordered an actual copy of the record was pretty good evidence that I was full of shit.

So, here we are, now in 2004 and Q And Not U has just released their newest full-length, Power. Power is a record that shows the band expanding its horizons, while maintaining the same energy they've shown on their other releases. Parts of this album are dancier than their previous work, but they manage to pull it off without sounding grating or forced. I'll be honest; music from that mold usually irritates me to no end. Still, I couldn't help but enjoy the album's first track, "Wonderful People," which will surely inspire a different sort of dancing than most of the stuff I review on here. This doesn't hit nearly as hard as "No Kill No Beep Beep," but songs like "X-Polynation." show that the band isn't about to settle down anytime soon. This is a diverse release, with no two songs following the same formula, with equal amounts of success. What makes this more enjoyable than the other bands trying to put out something danceable is the fact that Q And Not U don't need to belt you over the head with tired hooks over and over again to be effective, this allows them the freedom to experiment. From the danceable tracks, to the catchy, albeit short "L.A.X." to the strange "District Night Prayer," which features vocals that almost bring to mind church hymns, they do just that.

I've got to hand it to these guys, they could've kept playing the same type of music, I'm sure no one would've complained, but they decided to go in another direction. I know some people aren't going to be happy with this, and I'm willing to bet that the first track left a bitter taste in the mouths of some, but give it time, this is a very strong release that shows the continued progression of a very talented band.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 29, 2006)

I heard this band last night for the first time, and i have to say ti was the worst garbage i have ever heard inmy entire lif (thats not a joke) i cannot understand for the life of me what atlent this band actally has and why anyone would get pleasure listening to ANY of their songs, your all a bunch of strange losers,

Anonymous (August 18, 2005)

That kiss is HOT. But alas, they aren't gay. :-) Couldn't tell from that pic though! Keep up the good work.

Anonymous (December 3, 2004)

After listening to rock for about 12 years, I had given up and declared rock "dead". Everything began to sound so similar and predictable. Only a few bands really stuck out, Q and not U is one of these bands.

Q and not U has an uncanny ability to make unique and unusualy catchy songs. Even though the first time I hear any of their songs I roll my eyes and think "this is so homo", I always end up jamming it in my car at full volume.

The wonderful thing about this albumn is that it presents new ideas that are very catchy and work well together. Q and not U are able to mix raw punk energy with sugary pop riffs without sounding like fodder for the Blink 182 crowd. The decisions they made to introduce new sound elements are functional and not just stylistic decorations to make it sound "fresh".

As for those reviewers calling this band "elitist". Shut up and stop pretending you know everything. The elitist label is so friggen old; These days; calling someone an elitist has become an indicator of inferiority.

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

amazing album. check out the show.

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

this band rules.
this record is pretty awesome
but they totally blow their load on the very first song, cause that song is hot.

stevejonestherealbones (October 28, 2004)

bsd is the enlightened man

- joones the boones

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

No offence but I live in Mexico and I'm sick of yuppie Americans telling me whats wrong about their policy as opposed to asking those that are harshly impacted by it.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

Heres a little bit of truth. Punks are uglier than nigger, spics, and chinks combined, have weirder sex habits than fags, bis and trans combined, and are dumber than retards, cokeheads, democratics, and republicans. So there we have it punk is the ultimate insult of all time.

-506

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

amen BDS

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

It's mostly suburban white kids who are so isolated from directly facing social problems outside their high school love triangles that they lose touch and think of attrocities, bigotry, racism, and genocide as jokes.

Current "joke" word at my school: "Jewboy".

-BSD

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

Oh yeah, hate crimes are really really funny too.

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

I don't necessarily believe everything I read on the internet, but you're right racism and bigotry IS fucking hilarious, what the hell was I thinking.

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

"Why do people feel it's ok to be racist or a bigot online? Is it because you don't have have to say it to anyone's face? I mean are there really that many people who are filled with such anger and hatred, but are normally too scared to say it to somebody? I live in California so maybe it's just because people are more open minded over here, but I never hear such bile from anyone's mouth until I go online. I realize that I can just not read the comments, but its hard not to. Its really depressing to read and see things like this, I'd like to think that we are more intelligent than our ancestors, but I'm seeing the same bullshit happening here that happened decades ago. Who are you to say it's wrong to be or live a certain way?"

most likely they dont really think that, they just find it funny when people believe everything they read on the internet and get all pissy about it

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

Oh yeah my name is Reed, I just made the post right below this one.

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

Why do people feel it's ok to be racist or a bigot online? Is it because you don't have have to say it to anyone's face? I mean are there really that many people who are filled with such anger and hatred, but are normally too scared to say it to somebody? I live in California so maybe it's just because people are more open minded over here, but I never hear such bile from anyone's mouth until I go online. I realize that I can just not read the comments, but its hard not to. Its really depressing to read and see things like this, I'd like to think that we are more intelligent than our ancestors, but I'm seeing the same bullshit happening here that happened decades ago. Who are you to say it's wrong to be or live a certain way?

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

As long as you put yourself into a category - gay, black, female, etc. - you are only fueling the stereotypes. If BSD would've said, "there are two guys kissing..." I don't think we would still be disgusting it even though it is discussing (was that a couple of typos?)
Stop crying and go listen to this excellent album - more than once, though, because the hype may ruin it for you.

- manyak

boldredletters (October 26, 2004)

Every review of this album I read tends to be the same. I like it. I feel it accurately captures the feel of their live shows, even though when I saw them they only played X-Polynation. This was a little over a year ago.

I actually am only commenting in order to applaud BSD.

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

i thought Different Damage was a lot better than No Kill..., much more dynamic and interesting.

kenjamin (October 26, 2004)

draino is the best way to get rid of a body. A few gallons of draino and you can dissolve a body in a couple of hours and wash it down the sink....i read it somewhere I swear, i've never done it....

FortyMinutesWest (October 26, 2004)

"wat happens if you drink draino?"

I don't know, but a shot of bleach will make your nose bleed.

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

you know what i find comical .. the Drew Carrey Show.. NO im not serious.. u guuuuys

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

wat happens if you drink draino?

side note : q and not u = awsome

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

but then again, you didnt question my intelligence./ you just called me a non speller. my bad homie.
godspeed,

- jones the bones stands undaunted

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

oh. yeah cause spelling is directly related to intelligence. its not. anyway. it wasnt a misspelling, it was a typo. completely different. but yeafdab nfdaknfd vkn

- jones the bones finds you frags comical

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

Jones - What is a frag? You non spelling, backpeddling homophobe.

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

Jones = Backpeddler

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

"The reason I say you backpeddled was because earlier you said "plus its got two fags kissing on the back cover. whats that all about. thats the new "in" thing. being gay. fuck that., i know its a fad. ten years from now, all the fags will be embarrassed and straight. itll be like liking vanilla ice or...bell bottoms or some shit. its a fad. go kiss a girl"
and now you're saying
"gays have it worse than or just as bad as you now".
Either be a homophobe or understand how difficult it is being gay. You can't do both dummy."

there is still no backpeddling. frags have it harder than blacks. so the fuck what? i still think its a fad and all the kids will look back on it with disgust. anyway, i cant believe anyone on here believes half the shit i say and they cry and get upset and try and call me on it. your gay, and should kiss a girl.

- jones the bones says you just dont get it

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

""fag is the modern nigger"!!?!??!?! You sick fuck! African Americans were subjected to slavery, torture, and murder. For most of America's history they were given no rights and now we get government sponsored crack. FAGS on the other hand wear the nicest clothes, get special priviledges in school, and milk the teet of self-pity endlessly. You realize you white-trash sack of shit that its your stupid self-rightous, white-boy, faggot ass attitude that alienates me and all african-americans ever further. Perhaps some day racism will end and we can just call a fag a fag and leave black people out of it. Don't ever compare my struggle to the struggle for gay marriage you stupid fuck. Get it?"

Your struggle? I'm of Croatian descent, when my ancestors came to America in the early 1900's (because of social unrest and fear of war), they were treated like shit, payed 12 cents a day for manual labor, and lived in houses of 20. I hardly consider that MY struggle.

You're just a fucking homophobe when it comes down to it.

Black, white, yellow, whatever, if you consider "fag" an insult, you're a homophobe. Perhaps if your anger hadn't taken over, you'd realize what I meant. In the 1950's and 60's, white kids used "nigger" to insult each other without thinking seriously about what they meant. In the 1990's and 00's, kids call each other "fag".

While popular black culture and fashion has been made mainstream (and don't pull the "we don't act like that at all" routine, because I go to Northeast Highschool, KC, MO and know for a fact that a lot of black kids try to emulate rappers or vice versa), gays are only represented by cartoony, bullshit shows like "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and "Will and Grace".

Read into things.

-BSD

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

Jones the Bones = Owned

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

The reason I say you backpeddled was because earlier you said "plus its got two fags kissing on the back cover. whats that all about. thats the new "in" thing. being gay. fuck that., i know its a fad. ten years from now, all the fags will be embarrassed and straight. itll be like liking vanilla ice or...bell bottoms or some shit. its a fad. go kiss a girl"
and now you're saying
"gays have it worse than or just as bad as you now".
Either be a homophobe or understand how difficult it is being gay. You can't do both dummy.

stevejonestherealbones (October 25, 2004)

"look at jones backpeddle"

oh. cause you cant read, that guy was talking to bsd. not me. so you thought i was backpeddling, when in actuality, you dont know what the fuck you were talking about. look at you lookin like a dumbass

- jones

stevejonestherealbones (October 25, 2004)

"look at jones backpeddle"

how exactly?

- jones

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

look at jones backpeddle

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

"what does q and not u mean ?"

It's a Scrabble reference. In Scrabble, you've got a distinct advantage if you can find a word to make that has a q (worth 10 points) without a u following it, since most of the time if you have a q in your rack - you probably don't have a u. It's all in this book called Word Freak about the wierdos at the World Scrabble Championships that actually memorize word lists and whatnot. Quite a good read, I recommend it.

This site lists all the possible words that are "q and not u" words: http://www.thepixiepit.co.uk/scrabble/words.htm

stevejonestherealbones (October 25, 2004)

to the african american below me. i absolutely agree with you that the struggle that gays go through now or in the last decade or whatever is not even comparable with the struggle that slaves went through, and then that blacks went through up until a few decades ago.

but come on now, dont say "my struggle" gays have it worse than or just as bad as you now. you act as if blacks have no privelages in school or anything. blacks/minorities have more privaleges in school than i do, and certainly more than if someone is gay. listen i'm sorry that your perhaps your parents and definately your grand and great grand parents and so on had horrible struggles, but you dont. the fact that you have the privalege to get on a computer and post on punknews.org shows that you dont have too much of a hard life at all. whether this is your comp or at a library or whatever. it doesnt matter.

- jones the bones doesnt give a shit that he cant spell privelege

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

"fag is the modern nigger"!!?!??!?! You sick fuck! African Americans were subjected to slavery, torture, and murder. For most of America's history they were given no rights and now we get government sponsored crack. FAGS on the other hand wear the nicest clothes, get special priviledges in school, and milk the teet of self-pity endlessly. You realize you white-trash sack of shit that its your stupid self-rightous, white-boy, faggot ass attitude that alienates me and all african-americans ever further. Perhaps some day racism will end and we can just call a fag a fag and leave black people out of it. Don't ever compare my struggle to the struggle for gay marriage you stupid fuck. Get it?

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

jones the bones has been spewing this kind of crap for a while now. Hes a real loser who always has some negative garbage to shoot off about. Go pray for me you piece of crap.

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

very good review, though it kinda sucks it had to get marred by some of the most moronic comments ive ever read on this site (and thats saying a LOT). chances are, if you dont like the fact that there are guys kissing on the record cover, they dont want you listening to their band anyway. it boggles my mind that that could actually bother someone.

i like this record a lot more than no kill or different damage. no kill is OK but loses its steam halfway through, this one is consistent and cohesive all the way til the end. and the songs sound AMAZING live

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

Quatro and Not Uno

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

what does q and not u mean ?

Anonymous (October 24, 2004)

This is the best Q And Not U CD yet.

colin (October 24, 2004)

score is for BSDs comment. agreed.

and no kill no beep beep is still amazing.

Anonymous (October 24, 2004)

Wow. I actually agree with BSD.

Anonymous (October 24, 2004)

69 me faggot

Anonymous (October 24, 2004)

"If you actually want to curb homophobia how about using your brain instead of calling everything homphobic and hating those who disagree with your level of conditioning and comfortability with a given bias."

Shut up. "Fag" is the modern "nigger". It's an accepted, bigoted insult, and people who use it should drink fucking drano.

Yeah, try to say "Sorry you're so PC", that's just a cover up for the fact that you're 30, married, and sorely wish you could anal sex the mail room guy.

-BSD

Anonymous (October 24, 2004)

"I wish you homophobes would drink a gallon of draino." I don't wish all you fags would drink some draino. If you actually want to curb homophobia how about using your brain instead of calling everything homphobic and hating those who disagree with your level of conditioning and comfortability with a given bias.

Anonymous (October 23, 2004)

Actually, I think the ankle acted up on him again after they recorded Power. I could be wrong though.

Anonymous (October 23, 2004)

Exactly. Their like a totally different band, but they still make great music.
Shitty album art, by the way. For being such artsy fuckers they sure didn't put much into the art. But that's not why we buy albums, is it? As long as they put their effort into the music, which they did, they score big in my book.

Anonymous (October 23, 2004)

Too much new stuff, mon. It's still great for dancey new wavey crap, but it's almost like an entirely new band or something. My friend only has their first two albums and has never seen them live, and when they started playing she thought they were an unscheduled opener.

-BSD

Anonymous (October 23, 2004)

Their drummer broke his ankle but I don't think it had anything to do with their sound change. They had to cancel a few shows after it happened, but it healed before they recorded Power.

Anonymous (October 23, 2004)

Their drummer only has one leg?

fistchode (October 23, 2004)

I haven't found the record yet.. but i'll buy it when I see them next wednesday..

Anonymous (October 23, 2004)

Seriously people, get over the fact: this isn't No Kill No Beep Beep. Instead of comparing it to that (albeit wonderful) record, just look at what it is.

Besides, they can't be playing the same style as No Kill... because they had like a member quit (i think), and then their drummer messed up his one leg, so they have had to dramatically change their sound.

Whatever, it makes me want to dance. That works for me.

SilentStorms (October 23, 2004)

I've heard 2 of these songs, and I must say it seems pretty crappy. I have the first two albums and they are the shiznat, but this disco bullshit has gotta go if I'm gonna respect them. Props to experimenting, but ya lost me as a loyal fan. Maybe I'll give ya another shot in 6 months.

yellowtrash (October 23, 2004)

??What the fuck kind of name is that??
It's a scrabble reference.

This is a pretty album I'd say. The lyrics are pretty social conscience and they know how to handle their vocals. The mix is sort of iffy though.

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

i haven't heard this yet, but I just saw them alst night, and they played some songs off of this release. they were ok.

and, they only played "a line in the sand" from no kill....what kind of shit is that?

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

you'd rather listen to bad religion than q and not u...what were you thinking.

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

Yeh, it's a damn shame they they almost totally ignore No Kill... for their live shows since I didn't get to see them until their Different Damage tour. No Kill... is in my top 5 all time and will probably be there for all time. It instantly dropped my jaw and never gets old. Their new stuff takes a few listens but the payback is worth it, but still not as good as No Kill... John Davis is a phenomenal drummer, but I miss Matt Borlik on bass.

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

oh... and live show = lots of Different Damage. I think they only played 2 off no kill...

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

The more I listen to Power... the less it seems to be different than their previous stuff. Sure there's the insanely dancy "Wonderful People" and "Wet Work"... which I personally think are awesome songs. But if you look at the rest of the album, it's Q and Not U songs... none of their songs sound alike, which is partly why their so amazing. And their live show blew me away 2 weeks ago! Q and Not U will never be The Faint, and this album is not even close to the filth that is "Wet From Birth".... and "Passwords" is one of their best song ever.

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

No Kill No Beep Beep is the only Q and not U record i can listen to all the way through.

this record is pretty poor

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

Definite dissapointment. There's one catchy track towards the end but that's it.

Jesse (October 22, 2004)

Yeah, this shit slays. Fuck The Faint.

slippy (October 22, 2004)

I love this cd, along with all of this band's other stuff. Good review. This one is more danceable in a straight up dancing kind of way, while older stuff was danceable in an indie rock mosh pit kind of way.

sloppyblake (October 22, 2004)

me too bsd. see you there.

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

Seeing them tonight, hope they play more old stuff. New crap sounds like latter-day Gang of Four or something... More new wave than post-punk.

This isn't about guitar theory. In fact, no bands like this are. That's just what their technically inefficient guitarists like to claim to validate themselves. Fuck that.

-BSD

FortyMinutesWest (October 22, 2004)

"my pretentious art rock friend passed up the D4/NMB show in pittsburgh to see these dudes play. Thats all I have to say. these guys are for college dudes who love guitar theory and think they are too smart to listen to punk."

I'm in college, but I know jack shit about guitar theory. I can play some stuff, but I couldn't even tell you what chords I was playing.

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

this album is definitely a grower, i hated it at first, I'm not in love with all the songs, but its strong enough.

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

anger is a gift

Jesse (October 22, 2004)

I don't know how I feel about this record. It's really good for what it is, which to me seemed to be more synth-dance music, but I've been overloaded with that recently. I think I just have to realize that No Kill No Beep Beep was the epitome of what it was, and remaking that record would be boring. Sort of like Blonde Redhead. I love that band, and all of their albums, but they all sort of are the same damn thing.

Anyway, I think I really like this, I'm just being a dick about it because I'm tired of dance music.

stevejonestherealbones (October 22, 2004)

edit: says TO girls

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

stevejonestherealbones (October 22, 2004)

wow. your real welcoming of other peoples views. at least i never said fags should go kill themselves. i just said its a fad. they should kiss a girl. youre a horrible horrible person. i will pray for you and hope that the anger leaves you.

- jones the bones says girls, "save a gay, kiss a fag"

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

Jones, go vote for bush, buy your semi-automatic weapon and ride in your pick up truck screaming "Yippie kay yea". I wish all you homophobes would just go drink a gallon of drano.

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

This might be the biggest disappointment this year.

stevejonestherealbones (October 22, 2004)

this cd aint that good. i only really dig like 3 songs. although those songs are 10s in my book, i dont care for much of the rest of this. anyone wanna take it off my hands for 8 bucks

- jones the boner

- plus its got two fags kissing on the back cover. whats that all about. thats the new "in" thing. being gay. fuck that., i know its a fad. ten years from now, all the fags will be embarrassed and straight. itll be like liking vanilla ice or...bell bottoms or some shit. its a fad. go kiss a girl

poopypants (October 22, 2004)

my pretentious art rock friend passed up the D4/NMB show in pittsburgh to see these dudes play. Thats all I have to say. these guys are for college dudes who love guitar theory and think they are too smart to listen to punk.

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