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Q And Not U

Q And Not U: On Play PatternsOn Play Patterns (2002)
Dischord Records

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With 2000's "No Kill, No Beep Beep", Q And Not U released one of the most intensly creative (non-Fugazi) albums Dischord has seen in the last 5 years. Bridging funked out bass, rock solid drumming, and a dueling guitar sound that makes most punk acts today sound horribly derivative, Q And Not U gave.
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With 2000's "No Kill, No Beep Beep", Q And Not U released one of the most intensly creative (non-Fugazi) albums Dischord has seen in the last 5 years. Bridging funked out bass, rock solid drumming, and a dueling guitar sound that makes most punk acts today sound horribly derivative, Q And Not U gave to the kids one incredible album. Full of bratty interchanging voices that ranged from a almost spoken verse to death shrieks that I have never heard before or since imitated, Q And Not U seemed to embody everything you could hope punk would be: creative, fun, and rocking.

Recently the loss of bassist Matt Borlick has forced the remaining members to repatch the band and soldier on as a trio. So what does the new sound sound like? Well i recently had the pleasure of watching them rock out in DC and get my hands on a copy of the new single, and let me assure you, it does not suck. Granted, the lack of the bass does take away that funked out quality that ran through so much of their first album, yet the band suffers little from this change.

The first song "Ten Thousand Animal Calls", starts off with two heavily droning guitars before kicking off into a very cool driving song. The drumming, as has always been, is superb, with John whacking away like his life depended on it. Elsewhere, the guitar work, though less angular, is still top notch. The second song "Soft Pyramids" is a total flip from the first cut. Much more subdued, it floats away on a disco drum beat and a softly played keyboard. Although slightly weaker than the first cut, it is none the less a great song. All in all the new Q And Not U single is a great CD, one that puts to rest all doubts that these guys couldn't hack it without their bassist.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 11, 2002)

best single i've bought, worth the $4 bucks and 2 weeks of waiting......no kill no beep beep also a flat out rad rock n roll album as well, wouldn't really call it punk though....

Anonymous (May 10, 2002)

they don't play with a bassist?

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

Q And Not U, along with The Firebird Band and Aloha, stand up as one of my three favorite music making minds of the day. These kids are absolutely incredible, and On Play Patterns surely doesn't disapoint - even in comparison to the just fucking mindblowing-ness of every aspect (technically and creatively) of No Kill No Beep Beep. You can get your own for only $4 postage paid from www.dischord.com, go go go! And nice review. Short and oh so sweet.

grant passmore
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