The post-hardcore band play a trio of UK dates.
While getting ready to play three rare UK shows, Quicksand frontman/guitarist Walter Schreifels discusses the return of the influential New Yorkers.
Quicksand have a tendency to keep on breaking up and reuniting. What causes those implosions to happen, and why do the band then get back together again?
It’s like every relationship – you try to make things work, but the same problems remain. After we broke up the second time [in 1999] we left it alone for quite some time before, five years ago, all of us felt over the drama of the past. Playing together again, it put all of the bad experiences behind us and we realised that we needed to make a new record if we were to continue doing that.
As recently as July, when asked whether there would be a new album, you sidestepped by refusing to “confirm or deny” it. Why the secrecy?
We wanted to make it on our own terms, to cut off any hype and to control it – for it to be ours. We made the record ourselves before there was any record label involvement.
Nevertheless, the first Quicksand album in twenty-two years is about to be released. You’ve said that Interiors is “about being ourselves and who we were, as well as who we are”. What does that mean? Because our records have continued to resonate, people feel a certain ownership
[of Quicksand]. At this point we couldn’t just create some ersatz, crappy version of the band. Why make a record with Rick Rubin to try sounding the way we already do? That’s not a cheap shot at Rick, but we wanted to be something that was contemporary to ourselves.
How much of the album will you play live? We did four of those songs before the record came out, and now there will probably be some more.
Guitarist Tom Capone missed some shows on the last US tour. Presumably Quicksand will be back to full strength in Europe?
No, we’re a three-piece on this next run.
Interiors was written and recorded as a trio. Long-term, will Tom return?
Um… I guess I can’t speak about that right now. It’s kind of a family thing, y’know? DL
The last date of the tour is November 26.