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Quicksand, No Joy


Hawthorne Theatre Southeast
Wed., Sept. 6, 8 p.m. 2017 21+


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A reunited Quicksand is the ’90s revival you didn’t know you wanted. And now, with the New York band’s first release in over two decades coming in November, it looks like you’re going to get it. “Illuminant,” the pummeling lead single of Interiors, is a dynamic, mathy exercise in tension and release. Quicksand’s two major-label LPs, 1993’s Slip and 1995’s Manic Compression, remain artifacts of sludgy, hammering guitars and emotive but aggressive vocals along the lines of Fugazi, Helmet, and Deftones. But since those two records failed to rise above the noise of post-Nevermind grunge, Quicksand’s a prime candidate for historical revisionism. They were before their time, and somewhat miscategorized alongside the Seattle sound that the mainstream gobbled up so voraciously. Quicksand is worthy of that second look, and their early work is now seen as foreshadowing and influencing the rise of emo and post-hardcore—two of the most dominant rock genres of the past 20 years. WILLIAM KENNEDY

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  • Wed., Sept. 6, 8 p.m. 2017