Quicksand’s Walter Schreifels: “I felt more comfortable on this record than I did on ‘Interiors’, because I had gained more confidence from playing as a three-piece”

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When the post-hardcore icons Quicksand made their cataclysmic comeback in 2012, fans couldn’t have imagined how intense and eruptive their first album in over two decades would be. But 2017’s Interiors was the definitive distillation of everything that made Quicksand great in the ‘90s, and everything that made punk in 2010s great on its own accord. It was an unapologetically fan-serving record, with stacks of the meaty riffs and supercharged vocal runs that galvanised Walter Schreifels as a bonafide icon.

Now, they’ve returned once more with Distant Populations: an album that’s… Not scaled-back, by any means, but certainly more refined. It doesn’t feel like a modern-day reflection of what Quicksand were in the ‘90s, like Interiors did, but rather like a modern-day reflection of what Quicksand are right now. It’s heady and cerebral in ways that earlier material hinted at, but never fully embraced; it’s colourful and quirky, with an amplified focus on experimentation and diversity. Sure, there’s plenty of the chunky, crunchy punk grit that devotees will surely drool over – but there’s also plenty of more considered, more emotionally evocative moments.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…