“Punishment” is a sweet yet sinister love song. It’s about all the ways that someone can control another by ‘caring’ or ‘helping’ them. You can put yourself in the role of caregiver and have it become such a deep rooted part of your identity that you actually don’t want the person you ‘care’ for to get better.
This song is written from the point of someone who is sabotaging an individual just enough so that they are unable to become independent and will continue to rely on their ‘caregiver.’
Do I get what I want, when she sets fire? The narrator of this song needs to be with someone who ‘sets herself on fire’ to feel like they are needed. Maybe they are admitting this to themselves for the first time in this cycle or maybe this admission is part of the cycle as well.
New York City post-hardcore band Quicksand have announced their fourth studio album Distant Populationsout digitally August 13 and on vinyl September 24 via Epitaph Records.
Recorded at Studio 4 Recording in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, Distant Populations was produced and engineered by Will Yip (The Menzingers, Code Orange, Defeater), and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Megadeth, Avenged Sevenfold). The album is the follow-up to the critically lauded 2017 release Interiors. Sonically it has a punchier, more up-tempo sound than its predecessor, with its 11 songs being concise, carved sonic jewels boasting not a single wasted note. Its gripping lyricism and raw power leap out from the very first listening.
Throughout the album’s 11 tracks, Quicksand explores the duality of our simultaneous existence in individual relationships and as part of a mass society, while also examining the alienation and loneliness of it all. “Everyone is on the one hand so connected with each other, and on the other hand, is so far apart.” says frontman Walter Schreifels.“We’re checking out each other’s social media and we know what everybody’s doing. But when we’re sitting in the same room together, we’re looking at our phones,” he adds point out the sad irony of it all.
Today, the band shares “Missile Command,” a song that emerged from a Quicksand rehearsal jam, recalls Schreifels, “It really kind of focuses on Sergio’s (Vega) whole motif in a very simple way. He and Alan (Cage) just have this really kind of trademark groove, and I think that really sings on this one to me. I just felt like it’s a kind of song that is very us, but we hadn’t written it yet.”
In support of, Quicksand will be hitting the road this fall. The headlining run will begin September 28 in Boston and wrap on October 31 in Philly. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 25. For more information, visit https://www.quicksandnyc.com/.
QUICKSAND TOUR DATES 9/28 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club 9/29 Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony 10/1 Lancaster, PA Tellus 360 10/2 Albany, NY Empire Live 10/4 Detroit, MI El Club 10/5 Chicago, IL Metro 10/6 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe 10/8 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater 10/9 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge 10/11 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom 10/12 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre 10/13 Seattle, WA Neumos 10/15 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall 10/16 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour 10/18 Phoenix, AZ Valley Bar 10/19 Santa Fe, NM Meow Wolf 10/21 Austin, TX Mohawk 10/23 Houston, TX Studio @ Warehouse Live 10/25 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Hell) 10/26 Charlotte, NC The Underground 10/27 Washington, DC Black Cat 10/29 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom 10/31 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of The Living Arts
Formed in 1990, Quicksand made their full-length debut with Slip—a 1993 release praised by The A.V. Club as “a nearly flawless record that combines the irony and heaviness of Helmet with Fugazi’s penchant to dismantle sound in the most energetic ways.” Arriving in 1995, their sophomore album Manic Compression appeared at #1 on the Top Five Best Post-Hardcore Records list from LA Weekly (who noted that “if there were any justice in the world, Quicksand would have been the biggest underground band of the ’90s”).
Throughout the early ’90s, Quicksand toured with bands like Helmet, Fugazi, Rage Against the Machine, and Anthrax. After disbanding in late 1995, they reunited for a one-night performance in June 2012. They’ve since appeared at festivals like FYF Fest and Pukkelpop, and in 2013 embarked on their first North American tour in 15 years. In 2017, the band released their long-awaited third-studio album Interiors which saw Consequence of Sound praise the band for their sound “that nobody else has been able to replicate in all the time they’ve been gone.”
Quicksand is frontman/guitarist Walter Schreifels, bassist Sergio Vega, and drummer Alan Cage.
Los Angeles-based band The Interrupters have just released Live In Tokyo! via Hellcat Records. The live record, produced by guitarist Kevin Bivona, is taken from the band’s 2019 performance at Tokyo’s Summer Sonic Festivalin support of their latest album, Fight the Good Fight(2018).
The past few years have been pivotal for The Interrupters. Fight the Good Fightdebuted #1 Heatseekers, #5 Current Rock, and #5 Current Alternative Album on the Billboard charts. The lead single, “She’s Kerosene” charted #5 at Alternative Radio in US, #1 Alternative in Canada, and #1 Rock in Canada making The Interrupters the first female-fronted band with an Alternative Radio hit since No Doubt. The follow-up single, “Gave You Everything”charted #19 at Alternative Radio in US, and #2 Rock in Canada. In addition, the band made their US TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and were featured as iHeartRadio’s On The Verge Artist (Fall 2018).
On top of this success, The Interrupters toured extensively worldwide including sold out headlining dates as well as appearances at Coachella, Punk Rock Bowling, Warped Tour (Main Stage), Hang Out, Epicenter, Sonic Temple, Aftershock Festival, Slam Dunk, Download, Hellfest, and support runs with 311 & The Dirty Heads, and Rancid to name a few.
If you’ve been fortunate enough to attend an Interrupters show, you know that it is not just your typical concert, it is an event. It is a big energy sing-a-long where everyone feels like family. “You want to go to a show to feel better, put your arm around your friend, and dance, and sing, and have a release,” notes Aimee Interrupter. “Celebrate life and forget about your problems. We want to participate in that whole exchange”
In celebration of the release, the band will premiere their documentary film Live in Tokyo – This Is My Family!on June 24 for North & South America at 6pm PT/9pm ET. The film features the live performance from Summer Sonic, behind the scenes footage, and exclusive interviews. The film will rebroadcast twice on June 25; the first being 6pm JST/7pm UTC for Asia & Australia and the second at 6pm BST/7pm CEST for UK, Europe, and Africa. Tickets will be $10 and can be purchased via https://www.momenthouse.com/theinterrupters. During the premiere and rebroadcasts, fans will have a chance to purchase exclusive merch items.
LIVE IN TOKYO TRACK LISTING 1. Intro / A Friend Like Me (Live) 2. By My Side (Live) 3. Take Back The Power (Live) 4. Title Holder (Live) 5. She Got Arrested (Live) 6. Bad Guy (Live) 7. Gave You Everything (Live) 8. On A Turntable (Live) 9. She’s Kerosene (Live) 10. Family (Live)
The Interrupters will appear as special guests on the Hella Mega stadium tour supporting Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit www.hellamegatour.com.
THE HELLA MEGA TOUR NORTH AMERICAN DATES: 7/29 Houston, TX Minute Maid Park 7/31 Jacksonville, FL TIAA Bank Field 8/1 Miami, FL Hard Rock Stadium 8/4 Flushing, NY Citi Field 8/5 Boston, MA Fenway Park 8/8 Washington, DC Nationals Park 8/10 Detroit, MI Comerica Park 8/13 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium 8/15 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field 8/17 Columbus, OH Historic Crew Stadium 8/19 Pittsburgh, PA PNC Park 8/20 Philadelphia, PA Citizen’s Bank Park 8/23 Minneapolis, MN Target Field 8/25 Denver, CO Dick’s Sporting Goods Park 8/27 San Francisco, CA Oracle Park 8/29 San Diego, CA PetCo Park 9/1 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest 9/3 Los Angeles, CA Dodger Stadium 9/6 Seattle, WA T Mobile Park
The Interrupters are Aimee Interrupter (vocals) and the Bivona brothers (guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivona, drummer Jesse Bivona).