QunQ is a rock band from Los Angeles, CA comprised of Ben Heywood
(guitar, vocals), Brandon Hardy (drums) and S Foye (bass).
The group started as the touring band for Heywood's 2011 solo effort Skills
for the Long Emergency. The band re-imagined many of the songs from
that record in a heavier, more complex fashion, leading to the trio believing
they had created a new band altogether.
After self-releasing two digital singles in 2013, Brooklyn based cassette
label nineteen98 compiled them--plus two new tracks recorded in Seattle
while on tour--as the 2014 release Desolation Row Revisited.
Their music is often compared to post-hardcore and math-rock bands from
the 90s, due to QunQ's mutant tones, alternate tunings and odd time
signatures. The songs are not without hooks, straddling the line between
what is difficult to listen to and what is pleasurable. One thing is certain:
the music is unquestionably aggressive.
Their self-produced full length, Ecstatic Doubt, is to be released early next
year on their new label Chain Letter, which Heywood runs with his wife.
The songs explore social and existential issues through personal exegesis,
championing the ideas of living in the present, an acceptance of chaos,
and a deep mistrust of conventional provided meaning, whether it be
corporate, political, or religious.
QunQ looks forward to releasing various collaborate efforts during the wait
for their official debut full length, as well as playing as many shows as
possible. All members of the band are involved in other musical projects.
S Foye produces, mixes and masters records; Heywood and Hardy both
play drums in other local Los Angeles bands, keeping all three as busy as
full time musicians that still work jobs can be.