Cult post-hardcore band Quicksand have hailed Turnstile as a band they really feel a “kinship” with, whereas additionally revealing the political themes of recent album ‘Distant Populations’ and the “romance” of their previous break-up.
The New York band’s first two albums (1993’s ‘Slip’ and 1995’s ‘Manic Compression’) have been seminal in establishing the post-hardcore scene, alongside work by the likes of Fugazi, Refused and At The Drive In. Round that point, the trio supported The Offspring throughout America and Europe simply because the Cali punks’ thid album ‘Smash’ turned a worldwide hit. Quickly after, they headlined the primary ever The Warped Tour in 1995 however had damaged up by the top of that yr.
Talking to NME, frontman Walter Schreifels mentioned he had few regrets about that interval.
“We have been enjoying 300 reveals a yr on this massive machine, attempting to get a platinum document,” mentioned Schreifels. “It made us all nuts and really prideful, which wasn’t wholesome. Trying again now, I do know I wanted to say, ‘It’s not that I don’t love you, we’ve simply been enjoying an excessive amount of collectively’ however there’s a sure romance to breaking apart.
“The drama of a rock band deciding it’s all or nothing, it’s the stuff legends are made from. I don’t remorse the band breaking apart, I’ve performed a lot cool shit outdoors of Quicksand that I wouldn’t have performed in any other case, nevertheless it’s not an uncommon story both.”
A quick 18-month reunion got here in 1997 that noticed the band assist Deftones and again head into the studio, however these previous tensions hadn’t healed and in 1999, the band cut up as soon as extra with out releasing something new.
Schreifels went on to type alt-rock heroes Rival Schools whereas bassist Sergio Vega began working with Deftones, finally becoming a member of the band full-time in 2009. In 2012 although, Quicksand determined to present issues one other go together with a sequence of excursions and competition dates earlier than third album ‘Interiors’ lastly arrive 2017. Final week the band launched their new full-length, ‘Distant Populations’.
The singer mentioned that they nonetheless really feel a world other than the remainder of the scene, however they see a few of their spirit in bands like Maryland hardcore punk Turnstile.
“I had extra confidence going into this one,” Schreifels mentioned. “‘Interiors’ was extra of a stab at the hours of darkness as a result of we had no manner of realizing what would occur. Once we have been doing it within the ’90s, we have been a part of a scene. Now, both our friends aren’t doing it anyplace or they’ve grow to be large establishments like Device or Deftones. There are youthful bands like Turnstile that I really feel a kinship to, however in some ways we’re out right here on our personal.”
Regardless of the utterly completely different musical panorama and the band rising a cult legend during the last 20 years, the frontman defined how “the one actual stress on ‘Interiors’ got here from the actual fact we financed it ourselves. If the album got here out shitty, it could have been our cash that we wasted. I believed that was a wholesome stress to have.”
He went on to elucidate their progress as a band, telling NME: “After ‘Interiors’, we knew what labored. We all the time had chemistry however now, we knew find out how to speak to one another. When you’ve gone by all that tough stuff and gotten to the great half, it could be silly to simply say goodbye. ‘Interiors’ is a good album nevertheless it under no circumstances was our definitive assertion. If something, it simply opened up extra questions.“
Walter Schreifels of the band Quicksand performs on stage throughout the Style of Chaos Pageant 2016 at San Manuel Amphitheater on July 16, 2016 in San Bernardino, California. (Picture by Phillip Faraone/Getty Photographs)
With the mission assertion of ‘Distant Populations’ to be “extra open to difficult folks”, the band set about showcasing the broad church of their influences and for the songs to have extra impression
“We wished it to be extra compact,” mentioned Schreifels. “We wished to crack our knuckles and hit it more durable. The primary tune we put out was ‘Inversion’ as a result of it could have match rather well into our set in these early days. It additionally takes issues to the subsequent stage although as a result of we’re developed folks. We’ve continued to create so there are particular complexities we will get into, or select to keep away from, which is the place the enjoyable is.”
Lyrically, the document offers in themes of know-how, apocalypse and the desensitising quantity of knowledge we’re all uncovered to within the social media age.
“We’re so wrapped up in our personal bullshit, we’re extra remoted than any group of people who have ever lived,” Schreifels mentioned. “You may suppose your life is so a lot better than a servant at the hours of darkness ages however should you’re working in a fast-food place, not making sufficient cash to feed your loved ones…”
He went on: “Every thing was heightened by the pandemic and political tensions throughout America nevertheless it actually does really feel like there’s an enormous quantity of trauma on this planet proper now in addition to a societal evolution occurring. I took these quite simple concepts that I’ve had since my early punk days – kindness, empathy, don’t be racist, save the oceans – and located myself digging deeper.
“In a literal sense; the planet is dying and we have to work collectively to repair it. I’m not political in the identical manner as a few of my friends however I wished to place some empathy on the market.”
Schreifels additionally defined that that whereas the band get pleasure from “an excellent legacy,” they’re set on persevering with to do extra “fascinating shit”.
“Nobody seems like us,” he mentioned. “Certain, including one thing new is all the time a possible menace to what’s come earlier than however should you fear about that, you then work your self right into a nook. That’s probably not an choice. Our legend’s not that massive that we will’t attempt to be who we’re.”
He added: “It’s one factor to have a legacy meaning folks will come out to see you at a competition, it’s one other to make a brand new document and construct on that pleasure. The draw back of legend is that it implies the story is over. When you hit legend standing, no matter your legend is, it’s robust to compete towards that. The extra you battle towards it, the extra sparkle you get from it. It’s a enjoyable problem as a result of we will all the time shock folks.”
‘Distant Populations’ by Quicksand is out now. The band embark on a US tour subsequent month.
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