Posted in metal | music | pictures on August 25, 2012

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Quicksand

Atlanta, Georgia in March of 1995. Quicksand played an amazing set that drove me so batshit-crazy that my keys were lost in the mosh pit. I previously had no intention of sticking around to see the headliners Offspring that night, but now I was forced to wait until the crowd cleared to find the car keys. After the closing notes of "Come Out and Play", I scoured the floor for the key ring, kicking away cups and single shoes to no avail. It was then that a guy approached me

"What did you lose?"

I looked up to see that it was Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega. I told him about the keys and we both looked through the filthy floor, talking about the new record Manic Compression until finally I gave up. Though I never found those keys, between the show and a moment with a member of one of my then-favorite bands, I gained something far more precious: a memory I'd never forget.

This was my favorite memory of Quicksand, a hard one to beat. But somehow the reunited post-hardcore heroes topped that at Bowery Ballroom last night (8/24). Looking greyer and balder, Walter Schreifels and co. were every bit as good as that night close to 20 years ago. Sure, Walter's pogo isn't quite as frequent and spastic stage moves have been replaced by creaking bones, but everything else was still balls-on accurate: start-stops, left turns and dynamics were all handled with precision. Not to mention the fact that their setlist was basically my personal wish list of favorites.

Great performance aside, the crowd responded to the post-hardcore heroes with an unexpected fervor for a crowd that skewed towards more Burn shirts than Expire. Old farts flexed their aching stage-dive muscles. Moshing from the greying set was bountiful. Bowery Ballroom was a singalong, and there was a moment when I realized that I had sung every word to a song that I hadn't heard in more than a decade. Fun night, and I am sure tonight will be similarly amazing.

Walter crowdsurfing
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Italian Horn's Guided by Voices style pop opened the evening, and will do so again tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg (8/25). Pictures from the melee that was Bowery Ballroom are below, along with a picture of the setlist.

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Setlist: Quicksand - Bowery Ballroom 8/24/2012
Omission
Unfulfilled
Head To Wall
Fazer
Too Official
Freezing Process
Brown Gargantuan
Lie And Wait
Delusional
Divorce
Slip
Thorn in My Side
Backward
Hypno Jam With Dan
Dine Alone
How Soon Is Now?

Encore:
Shovel
Landmine Spring

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Comments (93)

great show - can't wait for tonight!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 5:31 PM

best show, best set list, they played everything, my ticket i bought off of craigslist was a fake (must say the best fake ticket I've ever seen) but luckily the door people at bowery let me and bunch of others in for the door price during the first song. great night

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 5:33 PM

Great!!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Posted by Peggy | August 25, 2012 5:36 PM

don't buy hard tickets off craigslist for white bands from big black guys. always fake. sucks that it's true.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 5:38 PM

Yeah, I'm sure it's the big black guys with 3rd grade educations reproducing hard copy fakes.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 5:47 PM

@547 it is. you don't need to be a genius to buy a high quality printer, digital scanner and ticket stock.

little kids in high school make fake IDs and this is easier than that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 5:56 PM

Wow Quicksand doesn't even own their own gear anymore and had to rent from SIR...that's kind of lame!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 6:04 PM

That's what you took away from the pics?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 6:24 PM

6:04, you're a douche, that is the sound board.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 6:25 PM

@6:04 who gives a flying fuck? Oh, wait...you do. Jerk off.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 6:27 PM

Landmine Spring is the gayest fucking song....they stole that riff from U2 to get on the radio.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 7:03 PM

Set times for tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 7:09 PM

opener 9pm, quicksand 10pm

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 7:13 PM

@ 7:03 You are a Nineball..

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 7:30 PM

7:03, you're also a douche.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 7:49 PM

I actually wore an Expire shirt last night, I hope you weren't trying to single me out

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 7:56 PM

looks like a lot of dudes who are losing their hair in the crowd

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2012 10:16 PM

I've enjoyed your write up this time, BBG.
Should write more personal like this more often.

Posted by ME | August 25, 2012 11:04 PM

7:30 and 7:49 are anxiously awaiting the third CIV album

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 1:01 AM

italian horn stole the show
:)

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 2:02 AM

italian horn stole the show

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 2:10 AM

Always thought this band was proto-nu metal

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 2:18 AM

This does not look cool at all.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 3:30 AM

Bowery show was better than Wburg show. I went to both. Walt was tired on Friday night but was even sleepier and more subdued on Saturday.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 6:44 AM

They actually played 'hypno jam'?? Jeez. Talk about a lack of material.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 8:15 AM

@08:15 people WANTED to hear Hypno Jam.

@06:44 what the hell are you talking about? Walt was fantastic at both shows.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 9:40 AM

I wish they'd played the run out groove from the 7". It would have been perfect after that hypno jam.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 10:22 AM

was there last night, the average quicksand fan is pretty unbearable. 30 year old guys in cargo shorts and black t-shirts with tattoo sleeves, trying to start fights with everybody. it's like high school on crystal meth.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 10:40 AM

went both nights. Music Hall was better.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 10:59 AM

Music Hall was out of control

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 11:07 AM

Some dude with sleeve tats offered to give me a handie while I was in the bathroom last nite.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 11:34 AM

Alan Cage is one of the most solid drummers, live and recorded.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 12:11 PM

Bowery was a sweet warm up for Music Hall. Much better show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 12:38 PM

Bowery had a better setlist, acoustics and audience. Lots of violent meatheads in wburg. It was annoying.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 1:04 PM

when's the HANDSOME reunion!?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 1:33 PM

I'm so glad I sold my Bowery ticket. Music Hall was tits.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 1:42 PM

@ 1:04 they definetly soundedbetter on Sat...violent meatheads?? crowd was pretty tame, sounds like someone is trying to justify an overpriced ticket

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 2:13 PM

Went to both shows, and I didn't notice a discernible difference between the two nights. I thought they sounded great both nights.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 2:16 PM

@213 you were probably in the middle/back. guys near the front last night were dicks. boo'ing reggie watts, telling him to 'get the fuck off the stage' and then literally beckoning him towards them and telling him they were gonna kick his ass face-to-face (not joking about it) after he joked about them. hyper-confrontational with everyone around them. just weird.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 2:30 PM

I was upfront last night for the entire show. There was one dude yelling at Reggie. Everyone else was fucking cool. Keep it in your pants.

Posted by JT | August 26, 2012 3:02 PM

Me and Justin Timberlake got thrashed in the mosh last night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 3:22 PM

Great shows both with everything working out perfectly.

Sold extra for Bowery for 170 and extra for Music Hall for 150.

Both shows were great but Bowery Ballroom was just the better show. I suspect those saying Music Hall was better are either trolls or did not see the first show.

They sounded better Fri. BB always has better sound then MH but not by much. It was just the energy from the band and crowd that made Fri superior. The first show in NY in years just made it special and you could feel it.

And to contradict JT's comment, there was more than one guy taunting Reggie Watts in the front.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 3:32 PM

Show was a lot of 35+ year olds dressed like 21 year olds from the 90s, there were stacks of dudes who didn't get the memo on band shirts, it was a pretty brutal place to throwback to. Walter dresses like an adult now, there were a ton of dudes who need to look to him for fashion advice.

Modern hardcore bands bring in boatloads of hot girls these days, this show was also a throwback in it being a sausagefest with nary an attractive female in sight. Again, pretty brutal experience.

Quicksand played well for not having a large amount of memorable songs, but they played well and owned it, glad I didn't pay $100 though, smh at those who did. Different priorities I guess, different, insane, priorities where some people pay any amount of money to see a decent alt-rock band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 3:36 PM

@3:36 You're right his Exploited shirt was very fashion forward, Please do the world a favor and run your typing fingers through a meat grinder

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 3:50 PM

3:36 comment couldn't be more off base... every word. If Quicksand has "no memorable songs"... how do you explain the audience singing almost every word of every song louder than Walter? Maybe you mean not memorable to you? Not surprising, because you sound pretty stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 4:04 PM

@404 can't argue that it was a sausage-fest full of 35 year olds dressed like 20-year-olds though; that was pretty spot on.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 4:20 PM

Why are people shocked that the age of the crowd was 35+? Slip came out almost 20 years ago. Yeah, those 15 years olds grew up, and still like good music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 6:04 PM

3:36 you are a Troll. You know what's good and not good obviously though. So heck, I must be wrong. Wonder why you even went to the show? Wish you hadn't could have made more room for someone who actually wanted to be there. Anyway, the show sold out in like 5 seconds, who knows how many girls would have been there had it been a venue that could fit 300 + more people? Plus who cares who was there? And who cares about their age? How old are you? I've had my Slip album since I was 13. I'm 30 now, is that okay? The show left me so happy. Huh. I was not there to meet anyone, especially those moshing meatheads, heck I even did some mocking ballerina moves in the pit while I could, before getting tackled out. Sure the meatheads were macho fools, but who gives a frick, if anything it was kind of hilarious. I'm nothing like one of those fools, you should have looked around more, not everyone there was some moshing stage diving idiot. Quicksand were amazing, that is what we were there for, not to meet "boatloads of hot girls". Great band, so fucking catchy. They played as if they had secretly never broke up. Now piss off and listen to your modern hardcore bands.

Posted by Richie | August 26, 2012 6:25 PM

I didn't think the pit(I hate using that term) was all that out of control at all. Sure there were a few people (out of how many people there?) that were a bit aggressive but for the most part it felt like a bunch of people jumping around and having a great time. If someone fell, anyone near helped them back up. And, at the guy saying he was doing ballerina moves in the pit...right on!! Thats what FUN is. Sadly, people are more concerned with fashion and how old they aren't yet than with enjoying a fantastic show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 6:33 PM

I heard ITALIAN HORN were AWFUL. True or Fale? Also - who are they???

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 9:39 PM

i offered to give Some dude a handie while I was in the bathroom last nite.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 9:47 PM

MHOW show was awesome.. and 1:33 is spot on-- PLEASE DO A HANDSOME SHOW

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 10:13 PM

I went both nights. Bowery was rad. Music Hall was better.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 10:29 PM

You are very wrong troll 10:29. No question hands down Bowery was definitely the better show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 12:55 AM

Italian Porn were BEYOND awful

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 1:23 AM

Jesus...enough with the negative comments already. The Bowery show was awesome...tiny venue, sound was great, enthusiastic audience. They even had a poster. I'm amazed the people that rant on about things even go out at all. Stay home and be miserable.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 9:15 AM

Are Quicksand playing the Revelation Records show at Irving Plaza?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 9:31 AM

Wow, butthurt Quicksand fans. Shit is emo garbage, straight up, and your childhood of Quicksand CDs and graham crackers was really not as objectively "cool" as you remember. Sorry to break the news, but you are losers.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 9:38 AM

I think this was the best event that has ever happened.

Posted by NYCC (New York Chiropractor Core) | August 27, 2012 9:43 AM

What kind of music do you prefer, 9:38. Don't worry, I know people like you usually don't give an answer anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 10:08 AM

High quality video from Saturday night before I got kicked out. Watch the video, sign the petition, and repost so this archaic rule against video cameras can be changed (especially when permission is granted by the artist): https://vimeo.com/48271777

Posted by hate5six.com | August 27, 2012 10:11 AM

10:08 - Not Quicksand, bubula. Not emo garbage. That leaves a whole lot. There you go, pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 10:17 AM

I agree wholeheartedly with 9:43

Posted by NYRC (New York Rogaine Core) | August 27, 2012 10:24 AM

10:17: See what I mean? I could bet the rent money your mom gives you monthly that you wouldn't give an actual answer and instead just give a cunty "hip" reply like that. I understand though, it's okay to be deluded and think your "hip" mentality is above others'. Reality will soon collapse your world, sport. Enjoy life.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 10:29 AM

So sorry you haven;t broken free from your mommy's tit 10:29, but to be wrong and immature is really a laughable place to be. I don't owe you a fucking thing, more or less have to prove to you my opinions about this bullshit emo nonsense. Sorry your limited capacity for taste has you all butthurt and needing to strike out. You really should spend the time that you are taking posting here and you the internet to find a pair of balls that you can use. Because you obviously don't have any naturally.

Come back when you grow up, little boy. But not until then. M'kay brah?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 10:41 AM

^ not "you the internet", it should read " use the internet". Gotta spell it out for nancy boy 10:29.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 10:43 AM

^ LOL nice meltdown there. You couldn't even get yoour grammar straight there, boy! Because that's what you are. Nothing more than a little boy. Enjoy life!

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 10:46 AM

LULZ at all of you trying to figure out who's out-sausaging whom.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 10:51 AM

Since when does tasty pork treats have anything to do with Quicksand?


Did they play change up the setlist for Saturday's show? If so, how much?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 10:58 AM

'tasty pork treats' - that's a mouthful for all of you

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 11:00 AM

The sausage comments show a lack of understanding about why people go to shows. Perhaps you go out to pick up chicks...good for you. I don't go where you go... cheesy, trendy, "hip" nightclubs, loft parties, etc. I did that when New York was fun. I'm older now, and I go to shows to appreciate the performance. I could care less who else is in attendance. Are your sausage comments supposed to hurt my feelings or something? It just makes you look like an immature, jealous, desperate loser with no soul.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 11:17 AM

I wrote every single comment above.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 11:24 AM

"High quality video from Saturday night before I got kicked out. Watch the video, sign the petition, and repost so this archaic rule against video cameras can be changed (especially when permission is granted by the artist): https://vimeo.com/48271777"

Video looks awesome... too bad you couldn't get the whole set. Did you contact Bowery in advance or did you just show up and start recording the show? If you prove you have permission from band/management, Bowery usually will issue a photo pass for you so you don't get hassled by security. I actually support this... do you know how annoying it would be if every idiot with a video camera tried to tape shows? I don't blame them for telling you to stop recording if you never notified anyone... wish you did, because your footage would have been awesome.

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Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 11:36 AM

I KNOW YOU ARE

BUT WHAT

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I?!?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 11:38 AM

Hipster jive turkey meltdowns abound!


Show was great; the naysayers can fuck off.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 11:39 AM

nae.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 11:47 AM

LULZ - only hipsters like this shit. Hipsters calling others "hipsters" is hilarious. Self hatred is so hard to break.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 11:51 AM

11:39 - your mother's a jive-ass hussy. C'mon now, gimme a break - we drink here on Fridays.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 11:54 AM

Looks like we got one heated scarf going off on this thread. I think Walter banged his mom or something.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 11:55 AM

Friday night blew my mind. I payed well over face value and would have paid more. Worth every penny. I have no idea who else was there bc I didnt give a F. Everyone knew every word though. Spiritual for me. I also dont remember any emo band there either. People have a lot of time on their hands.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 12:05 PM

SAUSAAAAAAAAAAAAGE FEST LITE! For those sausage-curious hipsters that are not sure they want to dive head on into neck tat / no shower / fat / pizza delivery land. Yup, sausage lite, that's Quicksand.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 12:17 PM

hope you had fun boys. see you next time.

-4xface@gmail.com

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 12:20 PM

11:54: Normally, I'd go after you again, but did you just quote a bit from the Touch-Tone Terrorists? If so, you may be off the hook here!

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 12:28 PM

bingo.

Posted by 11:54 | August 27, 2012 1:00 PM

@12:11 Agreed!

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2012 6:50 PM

9:31 "Are Quicksand playing the Revelation Records show at Irving Plaza?"

Quicksand are not playing. Why would they play ny AGAIN in just 7 short weeks. Have you ever taken a business class or gone into a bodega during a snowstorm....it's called supply and demand, honey. Are you like 38 yrs old and still listening to Quicksand? Geeesh.

Posted by Manic_Buttplug_Compression | August 27, 2012 11:13 PM

best show ever period
more less we all agree on that
some of us just tryin to be funny etc.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 2:02 AM

...is a helluva drug.

Posted by Nostalgia | August 31, 2012 5:18 PM

11:13 Nope, not 38!

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2012 5:32 PM

not really sold on this song... part of me wants to like it and part of me wants to slap the shit out of them for such an obvious rip-off of Sugar Ray (and at least a dozen other JAMC songs)

Posted by two way radios | March 8, 2013 2:00 AM

quick sand is amazing.

Posted by jordon | July 23, 2013 1:53 PM

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