Quicksand's Walter Schreifels: "I love playing expensive things, but I'm also totally down for street-level garbage!"

Walter Schreifels
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Quicksand guitarist-vocalist Walter Schreifels is a long-distance runner. Metaphorically, you could apply that to the sterling musical journey Schreifels started while playing guitar and bass, respectively, with ‘80s New York hardcore icons Gorilla Biscuits and Youth of Today, laying the foundation for groove-forward post-hardcore after forming Quicksand in 1990, through to well-regarded runs with Rival Schools and the bluesier Dead Heavens, among other projects. 

On a literal level, he also loves a good jog – evidenced recently when the musician modeled a line of Sonic Youth running gear while dashing through the Lower East Side.  

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.