June 11, 2012

LIVESound: Quicksand Reunite at Revelation Records' 25th Anniversary

Looking back on the past several months, it appears where in the midst of a string of improbable hardcore reunions. First it was American Nightmare, then came Refused and At the Drive-In, and now '90s NYC post-hardcore pioneers Quicksand have put their differences aside (at least for one night) to celebrate their original label's 25th anniversary. A quick history lesson: Quicksand was founded by scene staple Walter Schreifels (formerly of Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today and currently, Rival Schools,) put out an EP on Revelation Records, gained a large following after opening for the likes of everyone from Fugazi to Rage Against the Machine and eventually signed to the major leagues at Polydor and Island Records. Some inner turmoil led to the band's demise at the height of their success in '95 after just two LPs, and a reunion failed to come to fruition in 1998 for the same reasons. Quicksand's first live appearance together in 14 years at this past weekend's silver anniversary of Revelation Records at the Glass House in Pomona, CA kind of made sense since both of Schreifels' early projects headlined the weekend-long event, but it was nevertheless a huge surprise and a big deal. Their set was short -- just five songs long featuring favorites such as "Fazer," "Dine Alone" as well as a pummeling cover of The Smiths' classic "How Soon Is Now?" to cap things off -- but on such brief notice, it seems like fans didn't need very long to jog their memories with the lyrics. Don't count on seeing this one happen again, but then again, FYF Fest tends to do wonders with hardcore reunions this time of year...

Quicksand Reunites at Revelation Records' 25th Anniversary (The Glass House, Pomona, CA)

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