PREMIERE: QunQ’s cover of Elliott Smith’s “Ballad Of Big Nothing” is noisy and thick


Los Angeles trio QunQ is a bit of a musical oddity. The band describes their sound as a “re-imagining of ’90s math rock and post-hardcore,” which is true, but it’s not something solely rooted in nostalgia. QunQ is noisy and sludgy when they want to be, but they can appreciate a good melody, no matter who wrote it—hence, the band’s cover of Elliott Smith’s “Ballad Of Big Nothing.” Bassist Sean Foye explains why QunQ chose to cover (and deconstruct) this Elliott Smith classic:

“Why did QunQ choose to cover ‘Ballad Of Big Nothing’? Besides it being a fantastic song, it addresses an existential crisis that I believe we are scratching at in our full-length ‘Ecstatic Doubt,’ out later this year via Chain Letter. That crisis being the paradox that the only truth is no truth.”

QunQ’s new EP, You Can’t Win If You Don’t Lose, which includes this Elliott Smith cover, is available for free download.

QunQ’s next show is January 23 at Resident in Los Angeles with VS Colour, Fakers and Facial (details). The band will then tour the U.K. with JCDX in April; dates below:

Apr 19 Bar Bloc Glasgow, UK
Apr 20 Banshee Labyrinth Edinburgh, UK
Apr 22 Stag’s Head London, UK
Apr 23 Chameleon Arts Cafe Nottingham, UK
Apr 24 Mother’s Ruin Bristol, UK