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Olympia WA, United States

The Olympia, WA IQU (pronounced ee-koo) consists of keyboardist Michiko Swiggs, bassist Aaron Hartman and guitarist/turntablist/theremin player K.O. Though their music began as incorporating analog synths, upright bass, guitar and dance beats, it progressed into more structured songs by the time K.O.’s boss, Calvin Johnson of K Records, invited them to record an album at K’s studio. The album, 1998’s Chotto Matte a Moment! mixed with the immediacy of and ; the duality of their sound found them sharing the bill with a wide array of acts, including Unwound, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips and Hovercraft. IQU spent 1999 touring and recording; that summer they released a collaboration with performance artist/filmmaker Miranda July, Girls on Dates. Mid-2000 saw the release of the full-length Teenage Dream. Four years later, IQU returned with Sun Q, which opted for a bigger, more polished sound.

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  • avahicreaseii

    it's a vagina if i say it's a vagina! -- also, love their collaborations with Miranda July. you are in no position to be asking Girls on Dates

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • xombijosh

    what vagina? on the cover of Sun Q? pretty sure that's a seashell up to her ear.

    12 Apr 2009 Reply
  • avahicreaseii

    so, is that a vagina?

    8 Feb 2009 Reply
  • scarredforlyfe

    under the cherry blossom is pretty

    18 Nov 2007 Reply
  • Ashura2k

    Sweet tunes. Love this group.

    18 Oct 2007 Reply

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