Quicksand – Showbox at the Market – 1/18/13 – The title of this post pretty much sums up my attitude going into this show. I was so freaking psyched to see these guys. Quicksand is a band out of the early 90s made up of some members of NYC hardcore bands like the Gorilla Biscuits. Their first album “Slip” was, and still is, a perfect album that combines the pure adrenaline of hardcore, with a good dash of NYC thrash polish that made it just a bit more accessible.
I saw Quicksand open up for Rage Against the Machine back in the day. It was a great show. Especially for me. I felt like I was the only person at the front of the show getting excited about Quicksand. Nobody knew who they were. That was kind of their story. They never really achieved mainstream success, even though that was the plan for their label Epitaph, who was able to find success for their label-mates at the time, Offspring.
This show was another in a short line of shows I’ve seen recently that have featured bands from my past who have reunited. I’m not sure if this is a function of my old age or of the times, but I get really excited when these shows come along. The last band that did this that got me this excited, that let me see a band that I’d pretty much written off was Swervedriver.
Given that the last time I’d seen Quicksand was with a RATM crowd who largely didn’t care, this show was much more a celebration. The Showbox was almost sold out and very full of people who were just as excited, if not more excited to see their beloved band live again. The pit in front of the stage – yes, there was one of those – was full of excited people slamming into each other and singing along to each lyric.
The band sounded great. Yes, pretty much played the album note for note, but did vary things up enough to make things interesting. Lead singer Walter sounded good, even with the slightly aged vocal chords. They had a laser light show that wasn’t overly extravagant, but still seemed out of place at the show. It does strangely fit in though, with the feeling that we all had in the room that this was an epic show that we all deserved to have come to our town and put us in a time machine for a few hours. Great fun.
As you can see from the setlist below, with only two albums, they were able to play just about every song from both records, so you got to hear it all. Everything that I’d been playing over and over again in the weeks leading up to the show. That’s what was so great, and what was acceptable about them not mixing things up to much, this show delivered on the very singular and personal excitement we Quicksand fans have had to live with given only their albums to survive off of for so long.
Now, guys, keep up the momentum, bring us a new album…please!!!!