Quicksand Share New Single “Giving It Away”





Quicksand’s music has softened but still excites. They’ve shed their metallic aggression for a pensive demeanor. Schreifels dropped his angsty screeches for smooth, tenuous melodies. Gone are the down-tuned, chugging guitar progressions, which now seem like a symbol of their youthful angst.” – PopMatters

Distant Populations, Quicksand’s second post-reunion album (and fourth overall), charts a course that’s light years away in outlook and temperament from the angsty style that secured the band’s legend.” – Paste Magazine

Today, New York City post-hardcore band Quicksand release a mesmerizing new single, “Giving The Past Away” ahead of a tour with Clutch and Helmet, in support of their 2021 album ‘Distant Populations.’ A continuation of the critically acclaimed album, the track is driven by a thunderous bassline and growling guitar riff for a raw rock n’ roll swagger.

The working title for this song was “Greatest Quicksand Song Ever” so you can imagine it was a very tough call leaving this song off Distant Populations,” the band comments. “The only reason we could agree on to leave it off was that we wanted to have some really strong material in reserve for later in the year. Ultimately the title came from the most prominent line in the song which is an embrace of the present which is very in line with our thinking with Distant Populations, we’re super proud of this one and are very psyched to share it with the world.”


Recorded at Studio 4 Recording in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, Distant Populations was produced and engineered by Will Yip (The Menzingers, Code Orange, Defeater), and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Megadeth, Avenged Sevenfold). The album is the follow-up to the critically lauded 2017 release Interiors. Sonically it has a punchier, more up-tempo sound than its predecessor, with its 11 songs being concise, carved sonic jewels boasting not a single wasted note. Its gripping lyricism and raw power leap out from the very first listening.

Formed in 1990, Quicksand made their full-length debut with Slip—a 1993 release praised by The A.V. Club as “a nearly flawless record that combines the irony and heaviness of Helmet with Fugazi’s penchant to dismantle sound in the most energetic ways.” Arriving in 1995, their sophomore album Manic Compression appeared at #1 on the Top Five Best Post-Hardcore Records list from LA Weekly (who noted that “if there were any justice in the world, Quicksand would have been the biggest underground band of the ’90s”).

Throughout the early ’90s, Quicksand toured with bands like Helmet, Fugazi, Rage Against the Machine, and Anthrax. After disbanding in late 1995, they reunited for a one-night performance in June 2012. They’ve since appeared at festivals like FYF Fest and Pukkelpop, and in 2013 embarked on their first North American tour in 15 years. In 2017, the band released their long-awaited third-studio album Interiors which saw Consequence of Sound praise the band for their sound “that nobody else has been able to replicate in all the time they’ve been gone.”

Quicksand is front man/guitarist Walter Schreifels, bassist Sergio Vega, and drummer Alan Cage. They will be heading out on a North American tour with Helmet and Clutch, starting September 13th in Toronto and ending October 23rd in New York. Tickets on sale here: https://www.quicksandnyc.com/tour


09.13.22                      Toronto, CA                            Rebel

09.15.22                      Boston, MA                             House Of Blues Boston

09.16.22                      New York, NYC                      Palladium Times Square

09.17.22                      Baltimore, MD                         Hammerjacks

09.18.22                      Raleigh, NC                            The Ritz

09.20.22                      Pittsburgh, PA                         Stage AE

09.21.22                      Philadelphia, PA                     Franklin Music Hall

09.23.22                      Birmingham, AL                      Furnace Fest

09.24.22                      Nashville, TN                          Marathon Music Works

09.25.22                      Atlanta, GA                             The Eastern

09.26.22                      Tampa, FL                              The Orpheum

09.27.22                      Lake Buena Vista, FL             House Of Blues Orlando

09.29.22                      Houston, TX                            Warehouse Live

09.30.22                      Dallas, TX                               The Factory In Deep Ellum

10.01.22                      Oklahoma City, OK                 Diamond Ballroom

10.02.22                      Austin, TX                               Emos Austin

10.04.22                      Phoenix, AZ                            The Van Buren

10.05.22                      Los Angeles, CA                     Regent Theater DTLA

10.06.22                      Las Vegas, NV                        24 Oxford

10.08.22                      Boise, ID                                 Knitting Factory Concert House

10.09.22                      Portland, OR                           Roseland Theater

10.10.22                      Seattle, WA                             The Showbox

10.12.22                      Salt Lake City, UT                  The Depot

10.13.22                      Denver, CO                             Fillmore Auditorium

10.14.22                      Kansas City, MO                     Uptown Theater

10.15.22                      Des Moines, IA                       ValAir Ballroom

10.16.22                      Chicago, IL                             Concord Music Hall

10.18.22                      Columbus, OH                        A&R Music Bar

10.19.22                      Buffalo, NY                             Buffalo Iron Works

10.22.22                      Garwood, NJ                           Crossroads

10.23.22                      Amityville, NY                         Amityville Music Hall