Quicksand
Distant Populations


4.5
superb

Review

by theblacklodge USER (14 Reviews)
August 24th, 2021 | 23 replies


Release Date: 08/13/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alive and well

Sometimes it’s easy to forget Quicksand’s enormous sphere of influence. It’s also easy to forget this band was writing and recording phenomenal music when I was in middle school, and I was born in the 70’s. The music they were creating ended up being the music that would help shape alternative rock, post hardcore and would lay a foundation for the groove laden hard rock bands that would follow. Quicksand are a band’s band. Most folks have probably never heard of them, but they will definitely know a ton of the bands that drew from the well. For me, the defining feature is, and always will be groove. The rhythm section of Alan Cage and Sergio Vega inserts a distinction that cannot be ignored. In my little world, Quicksand is iconic, and as important a name as any artist that has ever picked up an instrument. And luckily, they are still extremely relevant.

Inner turmoil eventually tore the band apart in the 90’s, but they came together in 2012, and then made a full comeback with the album “Interiors” in 2017. It was well-received, and seemed to bridge a gap between the Quicksand of old, and front man Walter Schreifel’s side-project, Rival Schools. This was mainly the result of the lack of input from original guitarist Tom Capone, and Walter taking over all guitar duties. As a result we have the Quicksand of today, and “Distant Populations” as their second full-length release in this new era. This new Quicksand is a bit more composed and refined, a result of over 30 years of experience. The resurgence of bands like Hum, Failure and Quicksand reuniting and releasing some of the best modern rock records of today speaks volumes to the talent and creativity that was just below the surface in the 90’s. It also leaves a lasting inspirational nugget that reminds us that it’s never too late, and no one is too old to grab a guitar and throw down.

Quicksand indeed do throw down. It is absolutely apparent as “Inversion” begins. Big open chords are flung forward as the band locks into the rhythm. At the ripe age of 52 Walter still sounds awesome, and screams this point home a couple minutes in, and it’s so cool to hear it. “Lightning Field” sounds much like a Rival Schools track, but with a stomping boost of rock energy. The record starts out with these two under-three-minute bangers that act as a warm up to “Colossus”, which perfectly reflects it's namesake. The band converge in a mid-tempo groove that forces the head to nod. This track is dripping with swagger and confidence, but it’s still measured and deliberate.

If any doubt is left that this band isn’t firing on all cylinders, Quicksand smash it to bits on “Brushed”. The track is masterful, and Walter’s melodic vocal choices are so expertly woven through the track. It’s a gorgeous song even with it’s humble arrangement. But fear not, we haven’t heard the heaviest moments yet. “Katakana” absolutely crushes. “Missile Command” displays a fuzzy drone feel that finds Walter, again, crafting wonderfully haunting melodies. “Phase 90” has a groovy drum track that almost sounds boom-bap-ish, juxtaposed with a massive dose of reverb and atmosphere. “EMDR” is a rocker with a 5/4 verse that absolutely slays. It’s another example of the absolute command these three gentlemen have over their compositions, and the song writing skills they employ.

Quicksand possesses this ability to somehow sneak in greatness without needing to announce it from the rooftops. It’s this humble ethos that has always affected me. Even through the Rival Schools era, Walter Schreifels was able to unveil thoughtful, expertly crafted rock music that is devoid of all the B.S., trickery and wankery that makes much of todays music so unbearable. This is as close to a perfect rock record as one can get, and yet, Quicksand lives below the surface. The music world grinds away, pumping out the jams, everyone feverishly splashing, kicking, and flopping about like mad to be seen or heard. Instead Quicksand seem to be floating along calmly, and with "Distant Populations" they quietly remind us of their undeniable genius.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
AlexKzillion
August 25th 2021


13808 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad this got a reviews m/

TheSupernatural
August 25th 2021


2191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was pleasantly surprised by this, solid front to back

claygurnz
August 25th 2021


6815 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, nice to see it got a review

DDDeftoneDDD
August 25th 2021


20146 Comments


Cool a rev. On my radar

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Kinetic22
August 25th 2021


56 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Was very curious about this album's 1st review on Sput, glad to see it surface. Very enjoyable album, a return to form from an old flame of mine, for sure

cloakanddagger
August 25th 2021


516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, step up from Interiors for sure.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2021


47495 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice, will peep this

And everything else they've done since Slip. Maybe.

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Lasssie
August 25th 2021


1471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why is the cover art so damn stoner rock

kinda dig these guys so will check

did not know they were releasing anything this year so hype

Source
August 27th 2021


19375 Comments


still need to check the previous one, old albums are solid

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 27th 2021


15266 Comments


digging this. completely flew under my radar. didn’t know they reunited. good review thanks

nash1311
August 27th 2021


4157 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is good stuff. Glad it got a review also

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Lasssie
August 28th 2021


1471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a couple songs in now and this sounds promising. For some reason i get some Janes Addiction vibes

theblacklodge
August 30th 2021


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah man... I can hear some Jane's in there for sure. Makes it fun finding little bits of it below the surface. So cool.

Lasssie
August 30th 2021


1471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is good effin stuff! Cool to see them still making good music

Piglet
August 30th 2021


8290 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeh fun album. first i heard of these guys

Lasssie
August 30th 2021


1471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Check Slip! That one is such a classic. Had that one on CD and now i want it on vinyl booi

Confessed2005
August 31st 2021


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some of the material here is amazing. Great review for a very good album.



Muhlysa
September 8th 2021


361 Comments


I really enjoyed Interiors. If this is better than that I guess I'm in for a treat.

Jirokin
November 24th 2021


1 Comments


Would never have heard of these guys if not for this review. Really enjoyed this and definitely got some Janes Addiction and Deftones vibes.

Lasssie
November 28th 2021


1471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is solid! should listen to it again asap



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