One of my favorite bands of the ‘90s post-hardcore scene was Quicksand. They had a certain something that a lot of other bands of that time simply did not. Maybe it was being a New Yorker and finally having some hometown heroes succeed again, but whatever it was I was hooked. Part of that appeal was certainly front man Walter Schreifels’ (ex Gorilla Biscuits/Youth Of Today) powerful yet playful presence and lyrics supported by Tom Capone’s back breaking guitar riffs, and the spacey, swimming, experimental feel of some of their mind blowing grooves. Slightly Helmet meets Janes Addiction but undeniably original, the NYC-based alt rockers sadly broke up around the time I felt they were really hitting their stride. There has been plenty of decent material and projects (most notably Rival Schools and Handsome) from Walter and the rest of the band, but nothing that ever had the impact of Quicksand. Fortunately the band has recently reunited for a tour and rumored album, and I was lucky enough to make it to the 2nd of two sold-out shows at Webster Hall to relive their glory. The band hasn’t lost a step and delivered fan faves (“Thorn In My Side”) and deeper cuts (“Head to Wall”) alike while clearly enjoying themselves as much or more than the capacity crowd. Hopefully the impact of their successful tour keeps them chugging at full blast with Fazers set for stunning!
PS: how is it that Quicksand has thus far not been added to the Reunion loving Coachella festival this year? Goldenvoice — please gently remove your heads from your asses and make this happen…
Quicksand’s recent “Fazer” performance on Jimmy Fallon below, plus full set list after the Jump…
Quicksand Live At Webster Hall Set List
Head To Wall
Lie And Wait
Thorn in My Side
How Soon Is Now?
Skinny (It’s Overflowing)