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Q And Not U

Different Damage

Dischord 133

Released on October 22, 2002


Now a trio, this DC band has had to reinvent themselves to compensate for the loss of their original bass player. They have an angular, witty sound that is really unique. Rooted in the punk tradition, they manage to wriggle out of any restraints of that and play something wholly unclassifiable.

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Average Customer Rating: 4 with 8 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Soft Pyramids Voted #1  17%
2 So Many Animal Calls Voted #2  15%
3 Air Conditions  7%
4 Black Plastic Bag  5%
5 Meet Me In The Pocket Voted #3  10%
6 This Are Flashes  7%
7 Everybody Ruins  5%
8 Snow Patterns  10%
9 When The Line Goes Down  8%
10 O'No  7%
11 No Damage Nocturne  5%
12 Recreation Myth  5%
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Seth from Elkton, MD 
Nov 28 2003 Rating: 4/5 Stars

I got this awhile ago but didn't listen to it at all for quite some time. Then i finally got time to take a listen to it a few weeks ago. These guys are good. The tempo changes and varied music is just great. Dischord strikes gold again.

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Dave from Guelph, Canada 
Aug 7 2003 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Although they have toned it down a bit (with the exception of Black Paper Bags) from No Kill No Beep Beep, they still sound like the Q. It seems half these songs are in the vein of NKNBB and half are a slower experimental kind of thing. Check out Soft Pyramids, one of the slower songs on the album, and be amazed at the singer's vocal talents, especially at the "Pick a colour for your checklist - colour for your checklist - 999 - 999" part. Amazing.

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Austin from Higley, AZ 
Jul 25 2003 Rating: 4/5 Stars

this cd is completely different from "no kill no beep beep" but it's just as addictive and original. although it isn't quite as good as "no kill no beep beep" it is so creative that it just pulls you in and makes it hard to take out of your cd player until its played all the way through. best track is "when the line goes down"

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Neil from Juneau, AK 
May 24 2003 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Different Damage is Q and not U’s second album on Dischord records. Their first, titled No Kill No Beep Beep, was a high energy post-punk album that was quite reminiscent of Fugazi. Since that release they lost a key member of their band and were unfortunately left bassless. Amazingly however they pulled through and were able to create a quite unique album changing them from a Fugazi-like band to simply just Q and not U.

To make up for the lack of a bassist the band uses a wide variety of percussion instruments. Sadly I’m not big enough a band nerd to know the real names for these instruments, however I will say that they did a very good job with the clicky thing-ma-bobber and the spinney dealio. The use of cymbals as well was quite excellent, not too loud nor too often. Needless to say the percussionist got quite a workout through the entire album.

The guitars in this album are far less prevalent than in the last, it might just be due to the lack of a bass, but they seem to stress the guitar much less. The guitars are most defiantly there however they are noticed much less, they are there to do their job and make the music complete. Instead of guitars they concentrate more on the singer’s voice and the percussion. The voice and singing style are quite unique. This comes forward particularly in the first track, titled Soft Pyramids, where they begin by half spelling words and half pronouncing them, it creates a very cool effect to how the lyrics are interpreted.

Overall I definitely would advise this CD to anyone who has heard and liked Fugazi, and even if you didn’t like Fugazi you might still like it, as Different Damage is far softer.

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John from Moon Township, PA 
Apr 17 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Let us all begin Deifying Q and Not U. This album is the best one I've heard in awhile. I can't imagine many honest listeners hating this, and many will love it. It costs less, but takes longer to order direct from dischord.

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Dan from Naples, Italy 
Apr 10 2003 Rating: 1/5 Stars

this album sounds like my butt when i am pooing...stick to the first cd, no kill no beep beep...this sounds totally different and totally crappy!

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Ken from Rices Landing, PA 
Feb 14 2003 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This is a great album. "Soft Pyramids" is a good opener, getting you ready for the new sound they have. I think the best songs are "Snow Patterns" "Everybody Ruins" "Black Plastic Bag" "Air Conditions" and "So Many Animal Calls." Pick this up as soon as you can.

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Trevor from Manassas Park, VA 
Nov 1 2002 Rating: 4/5 Stars

this cd is great!!!!! i like it alot buy it if you have a chance. not as catchy as the first one but still makes me tap my toes

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