The Q is Tim Vanstone (Guitar / Lead Vocals), Mike Veale (Guitar / Vocals), Dean Gifford (Bass / Vocals) and Shane Blackshaw (Drums) a Mod quartet from Gloucester in England.
The Q are more than capable musicians who bring the modernist back into mod with their new look at an old genre. Smart, sharp and loud, the quartet have the added benefit of a top notch vocalist who rounds out the sound with a powerful and clear vocal presence.
There are far more reasons why I should dislike The Q than reasons why I would like them, particularly given three of my nemesis bands The Sex Pistols, The Jam and The Beatles are rolled into one on one of the first tracks I heard, not to mention the genre, but as I have learnt over the years, always worth taking time away coming back to it and trying some other tracks and I found a band I enjoy despite myself as they lend some gumption to powerfully delivered rock music.
Established back in 2006 to their credit they have remained intrinsically tied to the concept of being an independent band. In the earlier days of their existence they focussed more on the past and have used 2013 as a springboard to finding their own feet with a series of singles that have been launched in the four months from 1st June to 1st September that have culminated in the EP Chemical Overload and they are mid-way through a follow up EP set for early 2014.
With a new found freedom and individualism The Q should now be free to make some significant strides going forwards. My only request to the guys – please stop combining Anarchy in The UK with Going Underground and Help! to come up with Communication Breakdown (which may well have been named with a sense of irony in which case this is my favourite song of the year so far) but other than that – definitely worth getting to know, every EP has to have one song that it the weakest.
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