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Q And Not U
On Play Patterns
Dischord Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Beginning with their debut Hot & Informed single, Q and Not U have been a mainstay in my top five list. After blazing across the country last year for No Kill No Beep Beep with Ted Leo, the band sputtered a bit, lost bassist Matt Borlik, and regrouped as a bass-less trio. After being a bit reclusive, Q and Not U are back with a refresher, lest the A.D.D. afflicted masses forget them.

On Play Patterns is the band's second single, two songs released on 7" vinyl and as a CD single, issued as a stopgap between the DC art-rockers' astounding debut and their hotly anticipated sophomore album. Like the forthcoming album, On Play Patterns was recorded by the legendary Ian Mackaye and Don Zientara (see Fugazi discography) at the equally legendary Inner Ear studios.

Being only a two-song single for a band with only one album, On Play Patterns starkly pronounces what vision and determination can accomplish. While it may be based largely on a vocal style and repetitive guitar tactics, Q and Not U have quickly established themselves as an identifiable force. In the opening sounds of "Ten Thousand Animal Calls" it's obvious who the band is, and all the tricks are flashed quickly but with precision. There's the ringing guitar, the underlying groove, Chris Richards' rap-talk anthemic vocal breakdown, the handclaps - everything you could expect from a Q and Not U track. It starts well, breaks down to stretch out a 3-minute punk song into an artistic statement, and then closes strongly.

The B-side, "Soft Pyramids", lifts a highly memorable moment from Fugazi's End Hits and sautÚs it with the same patented Q and Not U punk-hop flavor that spices up each of their songs. John Davis, while cultivated as a guitarist, continues to impress with his somewhat bold drumming. The technique isn't so much style as it is judgment, bolstered by an unrelenting desire to move your ass. Guitarists Richards and Harris Klahr beef up their competent, expressive guitar lines with subtle insertion of exterior sounds.

This single runs through without fail in less than ten minutes, succeeding remarkably well in its aim to tease the taste buds for a fall full-length follow up. I can't wait.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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