LP / Dark Entries Records / 2013
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Q4U was born the winter of 1980-1981 in Reykjavík, inspired by
the British punk movement. It’s original members were Elínborg
Halldórsdóttir (Ellý) (vocals), Berglind Garðarsdóttir (Linda) (vocals),
Steinþór Stefánsson (guitar), Gunnþór Sigurðsson (bass), Helgi (drums)
and Már (synthesizer). Helgi and Már soon left the band and Helgi was
replaced by Kormákur Geirharðsson (Kommi) on the drums. By early 1982
they self-released a full length cassette, “Skaf Í Dag” and appeared in
the documentary “Rokk í Reykjavík,” which showcased the Icelandic punk
scene. This version of the band ended and only two members continued on.
In the summer of 1982 Ellý and Gunnþór recruited Óðinn Guðbrandsson
(guitar) and Árni Daníel (synthesizer) from the band Taugadeildin. Their
drummer was replaced by a Roland TR-808 drum machine they named
“Elísabet II”. signaling a change in the group’s sound toward
synthesizer-driven post punk. In August 1983 Q4U reinstated Kormákur to
record a final set of demos and then called it quits.
This compilation collects 16 songs from 1980-1983. SIde A features the
original six songs from the “Q1″ EP, plus 2 songs from the “Rokk í
Reykjavík” soundtrack. Side B collects 4 demos from 1982 and 4 demos
from 1983, all presented on vinyl for the first time ever. Q4U began
with a stylish, aggressive punk image before experimenting with drum
machines and synthesizers, which almost nobody did in Reykjavík at the
time. The later sound had gothic leanings,often compared with Siouxsie
and the Banshees and Xmal Deutschland. Their body of work is united by
the powerful vocals of Ellý, who mostly sings in Icelandic about
controversial, political experiences, much like Ari Up of The Slits.
All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy
Studios in Berkeley. The vinyl comes housed in a full color jacket using
the original artwork from the “Q1″ EP. Each LP includes a double sized
fold-out poster with lyrics, photos and drawings by the band plus a Q4U
sticker! 30 years after their break-up Q4U are finally getting the vinyl
reissue treatment they deserve, shedding a light on this pre-Riot grrrl
act, more relevant today than ever.