Quicksand share “Cosmonauts” (song stream ++ pics from Warsaw)
Being my first foray into their new tunes and harboring a nagging skepticism about how they’d stack up against tried and true classics, I was extremely eager to see where the new stuff would be dropped into their set. The first six-track onslaught was comprised of tunes from their indispensable 1993 release Slip and included “Fazer”, “Too Official”, “Head To Wall”, “Unfulfilled”, “Freezing Process”, and “Lie And Wait.” From there they went into “Delusional” from 1995’s Manic Compression which then segued into uncharted territory; “Illuminant” from their upcoming release Interiors. Nagging skepticism: BANISHED. In this live setting, the heavy riffage of “Illuminant” locked arms with the rest of the setlist and absolutely slayed. The first two minutes of the song is pure heviosity, followed by a 1-minute breakdown, finally exploding with a final minute of signature Quicksand post-hardcore thunder. By following this new track with the classic “Thorn in My Side” from Manic Compression, Quicksand showed unequivocally that they are still a force of reckoning in post hardcore and can still deliver the goods.
Quicksand wrapped up their tour with No Joy with two NYC shows over the weekend, Irving Plaza on Saturday (9/30) and Warsaw on Sunday (10/1). The quote above is from our review of the Irving show, and we’ve now got pictures from the Warsaw show in the gallery above. At both shows, Quicksand played as a trio due to some legal trouble surrounding guitarist Tom Capone.
As the above review mentions, Quicksand have been using these shows to preview material off their upcoming Interiors, their first new album in 22 years (due 11/10 via Epitaph). They just dropped a new single from that album, “Cosmonauts,” which has Quicksand showing off their slower side. Listen below.
In between the two Quicksand shows, frontman Walter Schreifels played the Raybeez tribute in Tompkins Square Park. Videos HERE.
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photos by Stephanie Augello courtesy of Live Nation.