READ, THE: Self-titled: 7”

May 20, 2010

The first thought that ran through my mind when I put on this 7” was, Q And Not U reunited and changed their name. After looking into it more, I found out that that’s not true. However, these guys do cite Q And Not U as a band with a comparable sound. The Read has the whole dance punk thing going for them with that strange Dischord guitar riffage sound intermixed into it. Unfortunately, these tracks lack originality and they feel like collages of different Q And Not U songs. I’m going to have to give their full length a chance, which is supposed to come out some time this year, before I can decide if I like their music. I’m not sold on this 7” alone.

 –N.L. Dewart (Phratry)