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Q And Not U
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Thrashing onto the scene with their debut album, No Kill Beep Beep, Washington, D.C.-based Q And Not U combine the sensibilities of punk, indie, and emo in a bare-bones, minimalist production. The album takes punk to a new, more evolved level, simultaneously challenging and complimenting what one expects from their label, Dischord. Ian McKaye, who runs the label and leads its most prominent band, Fugazi, produced the record, in which the band rips through 11 songs in almost 40 minutes with a wild, raw, bubbling energy. Guitars crash and bounce around and off each other like ricocheting bullets in a kitchen full of pots and pans. "End the Washington Monument (Blinks) Goodnight" starts off with a guitar screeching on and off, playing against the rhythm of the drums, suggesting the buzzsaw guitar work of Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello. As the song progresses, another guitar comes in, creating a kind of bleeping effect and reminding me of some machine in the process of breaking down. Not that the band is afraid of melody; they embrace it consistently throughout the album. You've probably never experienced anything quite like No Kill Beep Beep, particularly "Kiss Distinctly American" and "Sleeping the Terror Code." The slower pace of both songs provides a dramatic contrast to the rest of the album. Equally striking are their cryptic, random lyrics and the confident yet haunting vocals of Harris Klahr and Chris Richards. Richards sings, "Inside the convex lens we all crash new jet planes tonight/ And the sin is back in medicine/ Beltway goes around/ Monuments are thinking/ Beltway burns down/ Monuments sink down/ And it's on." Is this song about the passage of time, maybe even the end of the world? Or is the group making some comment about society, D.C. version? As with all of the other songs, it's for you to figure out. You know, think! You won't get many clues from the band; the lyrics are designed to be offsetting, to confuse the listener and trigger paranoia. That seems to be what Q And Not U are going for in the end — they want you to feel the paranoia.


by Brian Faust




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