Concert Preview: Q & not U


Few words in the English language contain the letter q without the letter u (Iraq and Qi Gong being two exceptions). And in Washington D.C.’s thriving underground scene, very few bands lack some resemblance to hometown heroes Fugazi or any other post-hardcore project from the mind of Ian MacKaye.

At first glance, art-punk trio, Q and Not U, seem no different. They’re signed to MacKaye’s Discord label, home of herky-jerky polito-punk. D.C.’s favorite son also sits in the production booth on QANU’s 2000 debut, “No Kill No Beep Beep,” so the similarities come as no surprise. The sonic squalls and good cop/bad cop vocals have the same blistering immediacy of the early Fugazi formula. The resemblance crumbles, however, with drummer John Davis’s kit-bashing. His taut, jazzy, polyrhythmic big beats change tempo and temperament with superhuman precision. The hoots, hollers and hand-claps that accompany him help grease the crowd’s wheels, pushing power-punk to the dance floor for a drunken pirouette.

Read the full preview at The Japan Times Online.

Q & Not U | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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