Attitudes about age are entirely relative, of course, but it’s hard not to feel old when faced with the prospect of two 16 year olds crafting some of the most impressive music around. The CQ are a duo from Bedforf that have produced three amazingly accomplished tracks that belie their tender years. Whilst most mid-teenage guitarists focus on stealing classic rock riffs and styling themselves on The Libertines, the amount of depth that has been poured into and layered upon their sound is supreme, with the outcome being three tracks that sound like shoegaze classics. Using noise and drone with subtlety and nous, with more than a shade of Deerhunter’s lighter moments. However, they claim to be influenced mainly the ‘classic’ 1960s bands, which manifests itself in the peculiar distant warmth throughout each of their songs.
Apparently, they’re working towards their first EP, which is certainly something to look forward to if it ends up anything like the material they’ve already produced. ‘Wait and See’ is perhaps the best showcase of what they do – deep vocals almost used as a rhythm track, with psychedelic drone guitar desperately trying to squirm from underneath it.
THE CQ – WAIT AND SEE
THE CQ – WITHOUT YOU