Q4U Cover
Tracklist
  1. My little Girl
  2. Skemmtistaður
  3. Things We Used to Do
  4. War is War
  5. Egó
  6. Dark Night
  7. Stúlkan í skóginum
  8. Sýrland í ljósaskiptunum
  9. Lie to Me
  10. Bogeyman

Three is a magic number

Q4U was formed in April 1981. In the winter of 1981-1982, Q4U often performed with punk pioneers Fræbbblarnir. The band became part of the ‘Rokk í Reykjavík’ rockumentary project, with several of its songs filmed for the documentary. The group’s stylish and aggressive punk image led to its strong presence in the documentary. “Q1” was released on the infamous Gramm record label in 1982. The compilation album of the period 1980-1983, “Qtvö”, saw the daylight in 1996 on the Norður & Niður label. Twenty years later the band delivers baby number 3.

“Qþrjú” contains 10 songs in the best 80s new wave tradition, with some early synthpop and goth influences. The opening track “My little Girl” is a fantastic song, that throws me back down under to Icehouse’s “Hey, little girl”. Song 2, “Skemmtistaður”, could and should become a slam dance hit in the house of fun. Sinking into nostalgia with “Things We Used to Do”. Who needs a Placebo if you can get The Cure?! School is cool: Ellý is our favourite history teacher in the song “War is War”. You don’t have to ask me twice to go helvítis “Egó” tripping with Ellý. “Dark Night” is a song dedicated to the late guitarist Ingólfur Júlíusson (1970-2013)(R.I.P. @ Valhalla). The little girl is back in the song “Stúlkan í skóginum” (The girl in the forest). War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, except for a song as “Sýrland í ljósaskiptunum” (Syria in the twilight). The Ramones and Blondie are having a clash on a road to nowhere in “Lie to Me”. The Creeps have gone, now it’s hide and seek with the “Bogeyman” in the final song.

On “Qþrjú” the frontlady’s virile voice flutters somewhere between Siouxsie Sioux and Wendy James of Transvision Vamp. The band performs so tight as spandex shorts. Rhythm is a slam dancer. Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4U is never böring!

– Wim Van Hooste

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