Q And Not U were formed in Washington by
singer/guitarists Chris Richards and Harris Klahr, drummer John Davis and bassist Matt Borlik.
The single Hot and Informed (Dischord, 2000) and the album
No Kill No Beep Beep (Dischord, 2000) announced diligent disciples of
Fugazi who lacked the masters' savagery but were at least able to channel
it through sounds appealing for the emo-core generation..
Different Damage (2002) pulled back from the hardcore camp and began
to toy with half-baked synth-based tracks and convoluted dynamics, a confused
idea of innovative song format that basically worked only in
The neurotic single X-Polynation/ Book Of Flags (2003) pretty much closed
a phase in the story of the group.
In fact, they embraced synthesizers and disco beats on
Power (Dischord, 2004), the first album without bassist Matt Borlik,
and turned into a lame disco-punk outfit
(Wonderful People, 7 Daughters).
The album gasps back to life with Beautiful Beats, Passwords, Book of Flags, and Tag-Tag, but it's a case of too little too late.
Chris Richards launched his solo career with Purple Blaze (Academy Fight
Song, 2005) under the moniker Ris Paul Ric.
His intellectual and complex post-folk was far more mature than the last two
Q And Not U's albums.
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