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Album Review

After the loss of bassist Mathieu Bourlique in early 2002, the three remaining members of Q & Not U decided to continue alone. On Play Patterns is the first release in such a form, through which they prove that they are fully capable of producing their quirky rock anthems as a trio. The first track, "Ten Thousand Animal Calls," shows a slight remembrance of things passed while moving the band in a bit more boiled-down, experimental vibe. They still rock, but they do so with a bit more ease. The second track, "Soft Pyramids," which starts off with the rhythmic spelling out of the title, moves into a jazzy, melodic jam with much more calm spirits in mind. This single should prove to be a precursor to another excellent release from Q & Not U in the near future.


Formed: November, 1998 in Washington DC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

In 2000, Dischord records signed two unique new bands that both embodied the sound of their forefathers while pushing the boundaries of Dischord-style rock to new arenas. Q and Not U, formed from ex-members of Elusive, John Davis, Harris Klahr and Chris Richards, were the more straightforward and enigmatic of the two (Faraquet being only slightly on the more technical end). Their full-length debut, No Kill No Beep Beep, proved their ability to write complex yet catchy rock songs with quite a bit...
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