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AP.net Remembers: Q and Not U

Posted by: Jeremy Aaron (04/21/10)
You probably can't do much more to gain cred than sign on with Dischord Records and get Ian MacKaye to co-produce your album. With Q and Not U, though, the Fugazi frontman couldn't have picked a more perfect band to usher his venerable D.C. label into the 21st Century. With their music firmly rooted in the intelligent post-hardcore of the label's past, Q and Not U also embodied their forebears' forward-thinking and boundary-pushing ethos, tossing spazzy, danceable rhythms together with abrasive, clangy riffs into their visceral, high-energy mix. Their career boasts an intriguing evolution, which came about initially out of necessity. After saying goodbye to bassist Matt Borlik following the release of their 2000 debut No Kill No Beep Beep, the band pressed on without him, resulting in the more stripped Different Damage in 2002. For their final offering, 2004's Power, the band opted for a heavier emphasis on bassy synth lines to fill the void in their sound, and in conjunction with the more prominent use of falsetto vocals, it provided an even more danceable, almost discofied vibe. Constant through it all were the band's raucous energy, quirky sense of melody, sharp musicianship and delightful unpredictability.
    
 
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08:10 AM on 04/21/10
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"Hooray for Humans" (from No Kill No Beep Beep)


"Soft Pyramids" (from Different Damage)


"So Many Animal Calls" (from Different Damage)


"X Polynation" (from Power)
08:15 AM on 04/21/10
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Hooray For Humans is a great song
08:24 AM on 04/21/10
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Fuck yeah. 'Bout time.
08:27 AM on 04/21/10
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motherfucker, when you're bleeding
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S-o-f t-p-y r-a-m i-d-s e-v-a p-o-r a-t-e...

I just can't get enough of this song. it's just so... additive
08:35 AM on 04/21/10
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Takk...Ros
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Haha fucking AMAZING band.
08:36 AM on 04/21/10
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Brian Cook would approve.



I've always meant to check this band out but never got around to it. They're really, really good.
08:46 AM on 04/21/10
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Need to get into this band. Can someone reccomend me their best work please?
08:50 AM on 04/21/10
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Great Band. No Kill No Beep Beep is a flawless record, amazing production, great vibe. Might I suggest Engine Down for one of your AP.net remembers!
08:57 AM on 04/21/10
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backed. i got to see them live. fight me.
09:09 AM on 04/21/10
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Great Band. No Kill No Beep Beep is a flawless record, amazing production, great vibe. Might I suggest Engine Down for one of your AP.net remembers!
http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=1352682
09:20 AM on 04/21/10
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'no kill beep beep' is an incredible album.
09:26 AM on 04/21/10
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nice
09:30 AM on 04/21/10
Dan CiTi
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Ah darn I thought this band was about the street fighter Q...
09:48 AM on 04/21/10
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backed. i got to see them live. fight me.
god damn you. when did you see them?
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