Don’t Touch Me – DQE

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On first listening, “Don’t Touch Me” is fundamentally reminiscent of Sleater-Kinney. From its snaking yet rhythmic guitars, to the vocals that are somehow both tribal and vulnerable without seeming insincere, it feels like something off of Dig Me Out. But DQU, short for Dairy Queen Empire, predate Sleater-Kinney by eight years and this song predates them by a few months. The song’s intro is surprisingly reminiscent, in a backwards way, of bands like Beach Fossils and Real Estate, but as the song builds and subsequently gets more aggressive, it develops a sort of unrestrained quality that doesn’t feel at all short of being meticulously planned out.

Don’t Touch Me – DQE