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John Davis and Chris Richards Collaboration Not Just a One-Off

John Davis and Chris RichardsEarlier today, Erica Bruce posted about yesterday's acoustic John Davis show, where Q and Not U alum and current WaPo pop critic Chris Richards joined his former bandmate for a couple of tunes. Davis mentioned at the show that they had written a slew of songs together, and today he confirms via email that the two have been at this for about a year. The two musicians intend "to keep working on songs and, hopefully, playing more shows." You know, like a band. According to Davis, "I'm not sure when or where we'll record, but I hope it won't be too long before we get to it." No name for the nascent collaboration just yet, but if you missed yesterday's performance (like I did), don't sweat it too hard—there will be more.

Q and Not U, of course, is one of the more fondly remembered D.C. post-punk acts of the last decade or so. Last year was the 10th anniversary of the group's debut, No Kill No Beep Beep, which I wrote about extensively. Following the breakup of  the trio (which started as a quartet) in 2005, Richards put out an LP under the pseudonym Ris Paul Ric, while Davis released material with Georgie James on Saddle Creek. He continues to make power-pop with Title Tracks. The last time the two were on stage together was last year at a one-off John Davis performance for the Writers Center's Story/Stereo series, where the duo played two songs together.

Photo by Erica Bruce

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