The legendary New York post-hardcore rockers in Quicksand rolled through Los Angeles this past weekend with two shows at the Troubadour. Supporting their stellar new album, Distant Populations, and boasting Cave-In/Mutoid Man singer & axe shredder, Stephen Brodsky as a second live guitarist, the band’s sold out first show on Saturday evening was a fist pumping, sing along for the ages.
The Texas rockers in Narrow Head were ripping the stage up as we arrived. The band’s guitar heavy sound [sporting three guitarists in their ranks!] seemed to win over the legion of Quicksand disciples in attendance. The crowd whipped up a decent sized mosh pit during Narrow Head’s final song, “Make It Hurt,” and were now primed and ready to get their NYC riff fest on.
Quicksand hit the stage to immense applause and immediately launched into some of the tastiest tracks from Distant Populations. They ripped through the album’s opening trifecta of “Inversion” “Lightning Field” and “Colossus” which was one hell of a way to get things started. It’s normal for bands to play new songs off a new album, but when that new record is as awesome as Quicksand’s latest, it stands to reason they might wanna play the entire album; which is exactly what Walter Schreifels and crew did. Sure, they mixed things up with some classic Quicksand anthems like “Fazer” “Head To Wall” and “Thorn In My Side” as well as recent bangers from their last record, 2017’s comeback album Interiors; but by enlarge this tour and this night was a celebration of 2021 Quicksand…and when you’ve got killer tunes like “Missile Command” and “Rodan” to celebrate, why wouldn’t you?
Quicksand 2021 truly is a force to reckoned with, in the studio or up on stage. Sergio Vega and Alan Cage are still one of the tightest rhythm sections in the game, Walter Schreifels riffs and iconic voice prompted people to lose their minds inside the Troubadour, and with Mr. Mutoid Man himself [Brodsky] bouncing off the walls; it was a small miracle the venue didn’t collapse in on itself during “Unfulfilled,” but luckily, the walls held and Quicksand came back the next night for round 2.
Be sure to catch Quicksand on the road on their remaining dates below:
Oct. 21 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
Oct. 23 – Houston, TX – Studio @ Warehouse Live
Oct. 25 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell)
Oct. 26 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Oct. 27 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
Oct. 29 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
Oct. 31 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of The Living Arts
and check out our recent interview with Quicksand’s own Walter Schreifels HERE.