Album Reviews: Quicksand ‘Interiors’

Genre: Post-hardcore
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Number of Tracks: 12
Label: Epitaph Records

Purchase: MP3CD / Vinyl / Cassette

There is no spectacular barrier separating post-hardcore bands from other 90s era rock bands- in terms of musical landscape. When you really strip the term down to it's actual context, post-hardcore is a more palatable way for 80s hardcore veterans to experiment with progressive, noisy, and alternative genres while clasping on to their hardcore identity. Quicksand were one of the many bands to emerge out of this 90s era renaissance of East Coast hardcore-kids who wanted something fresh- a catalyst that spawned bands like FugaziSoul Coughing, and Orange 9mm. But since releasing 1995's Manic Compression, the band went on a two-year hiatus. After a stint of late-90s reunion shows, Quicksand called it quits- with an unfinished album left on the shelf.

But it's not like, Walter Schreifels and crew disembarked their music careers and dropped off the planet. In recent years, Walter has been sharpening his musical prowess with rock n' roll  quartet, Dead Heavens. Now attempting to decipher which band is Walter's true calling can be confusing. Both bands are very different, but it seems like Quicksand's recent reunion is feeding the reminiscent passion of 90s music fans. And as a 90s kid myself, I can vividly recall how accessible Quicksand were. Having played Vans Warped Tour in 1995, they managed to reach an audience that borderlined the frayed edges of popular music without going commercial.

On a musical note, Quicksand seem to have picked up where they left off on Interiors- their first album in over two decades. The album's opener, "Illuminant" kicks off what seems like a "homecoming." The song is melodic, shape-shifting, and everything that Quicksand left to freeze over twenty years ago. "Interiors" and "Cosmonauts" push the envelop with melodic hooks- all the while unleashing moments of serenity and dynamic energy. The band ignites a higher caliber of hefty guitar chops on occasional sluggers "Under The Screw" and "Fire This Time."

Quicksand - now comprising of Schreifels, Sergio Vega (bass), and Alan Cage (drums) - manage to pull through without Tom Capone (who recently left the band). Interiors captures the dynamics, full range of sound, and soul of the band. You would think that an album released after a 22 year gap, would come across as exhausted and lacking merit. But Interiors is fresh and evolving. And for us 30-something year old 90s vets, it's like Quicksand never left us in the first place. 

Listen to "Illuminant" and "Cosmonauts" below:

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