Quicksand – Distant Populations

Release Date: September 24, 2021

Label: Epitaph

Quicksand, continues their post-hardcore renaissance. After lying dormant for 22 years, this is the second Quicksand record in 4 years. Distant Populations has a punchier, more up-tempo sound, with 11 concise songs that are sonic jewels. The band doesn’t waste a single note. Its gripping lyricism and raw power leap out from the very first listening. Inversion is crunchy and squatter punk influenced. “The lyrics reflect the push and pull of being very connected through technology while at the same time being the most emotionally isolated group of humans to ever walk the planet.” The palm-muted chords and driving force of Lightning Field quickens the blood flow. Brushed is more chill and reminiscent of 90s alt rock (think Oasis and Goo Goo Dolls) but the drumming is still crunchy. Missile Command boasts an undulating Sergio Vega bassline par excellence.

Listen to: 1, 2, 4, & 6

FCC: 4

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