Woke up this morning and fell down the rabbit hole going through some awesome videos on the Dark Entries Records YouTube page. This jam from Q4U, an Icelandic band which formed in the early 80’s, stood out.
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.
Check out the Q1 Deluxe Edition 1980-1983 LP released on Dark Entries Records.