Q: S/T 7"
The description of this record on Lumpy's web site says something about this being d-beat, but I don't get that at all. To me, Q are quintessential off the beaten path hardcore. What I mean by that is that if Q started in a big city and they intended to be d-beat, the main person in the band would have gotten together their 4 friends who most resembled the members of Discharge and started a band. However, bands from off the beaten path don't have that lecture... they just have to get a bunch of weirdos in a room and let rip. Q sounds like an ideal version of that... the songs are dense, complex, and the recording is raw but powerful. The songs also seem fiercely edited... there isn't a lot on this EP that feels familiar, forced, or contrived... it's all just go for the throat hardcore that's had time to percolate but hasn't simmered long enough to become overthought and lose its rage. So, while this doesn't fit the typical slime punk aesthetic of a lot of Lumpy releases, for my money it's one of the best things they've ever put out.Tags: 10s gb325 hardcore midwest punk raw