Quicksand / No Joy at Union Transfer
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Volatile Progressive Grunge band with distinct Hardcore leanings. QUICKSAND would prove highly influential on the major Nu-Metal acts that would follow in their wake. The band was rooted in the New York Hardcore scene with vocalist Walter Schreifels credited with membership of both YOUTH OF TODAY and GORILLA BISCUITS, guitarist Tom Capone a member of BOLD, bass player Sergio Vega an ex-member of ABSOLUTION and drummer Alan Cage with BEYOND.
QUICKSAND's inaugural album would surface on the independent Revelation label. Building upon a burgeoning cult following QUICKSAND took to the road in North America performing shows with the likes of FUGAZI, WHITE ZOMBIE, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and HELMET. Their growing profile soon resulted in the inking of a deal with major label Polydor Records and in 1993 the 'Slip' album arrived. Strangely, in spite of the single 'Dine Alone' gaining regular MTV and radio broadcast, hard sales were unforthcoming and Polydor let the band go. Island Records would be waiting in the wings.
The 'Manic Compression' record would emerge as a more complex beast than previous efforts. Touring to promote the record found the band trekking across America as part of the 'Vans Warped' festivals. QUICKSAND finally dissolved following a swansong performance on the 12th of October 1995 at the Hollywood Grand in Los Angeles.
Post QUICKSAND all members got back into the fray with fresh endeavours. Schreifel scored production duties with CIV and also put his energies into a project billed as WORLD'S FASTEST CAR. Capone played on the debut album from New York 'Hardcore' band HANDSOME. Cage cut a new album with SEAWEED whilst Vega created FULLY.
The band reformed in 1997 and set to work on a new album for Island Records. Announcements would be made about live reunion gigs that year too but these would fall through. QUICKSAND eventually got back into the live arena with a February 1998 tour of Japan. Their first live performance in America for over three years of absence would take place in September 1998 in Boulder, Colorado, the group performing at a snowboard movie premiere. November of 1998 saw the band out on the road with road mates SNAPCASE and the DEFTONES.
In early 1999 bassist Sergio Vega would deputize for an injured Chi Cheng for the DEFTONES American tour dates. Tom Capone would session on the inaugural 2000 demo from Nu-Metal act REACH.
In 2001 End Of The Circle Records would request submissions for a projected QUICKSAND tribute album 'Driven State — A Quicksand Tribute'. Contributing artists comprised BIOHAZARD, HELEN 55, DRAGPIPE, LEFT, GLASSJAW, FORGE and WILL HAVEN.
Walter Schreifels, returned to action in September of 2001 with a new album credited to the all star act RIVAL SCHOOLS, a band founded in alliance with drummer Sam Siegler, a veteran of GORILLA BISCUITS, GLASSJAW, CIV, SHELTER, JUDGE and YOUTH OF TODAY, former CIV and ICEBURN bass player Cache Tolman and vocalist / guitarist Ian Love, previously with DIE 116 and BURN.
Ex-QUICKSAND members united with personnel from ERRORTYPE: 11 to forge INSTRUCTION in 2004, signing to Geffen Records for the album ''God Doesn't Care'.
Stop trying to define No Joy. In six years, the noisy Montreal quartet has released a compelling and critically acclaimed discography and shared the stage with some of this decade’s most influential acts. Yet, no one can quite figure this band out.
Tagging No Joy as “shimmery infectious dream pop” doesn’t work since the band’s live shows are so brutal that it has them sharing the stage with bands like Deafheaven and Fucked Up. Classifying them as“doom shoegaze” doesn't work either since the band has created records so complex and sonically mature they transcend genres. Nostalgic yet new, loud yet quiet; No Joy’s conflicting reputation cannot be classified because it’s in constant evolution.
This year, No Joy will be releasing a series of EPs as a creative «fuck you» to everyone who told them they need to play quieter, needed to show their faces more onstage, who told them they should only include the girls in the press photos; pigeonholing No Joy won’t make them any easier to understand. This is no stopgap; this is a series of statements from a band that clearly are trying to defy definition. The Drool Sucker EP (via Topshelf) is the first of the series.
Drool Sucker was recorded quickly in a barn in rural Ontario with Graham Walsh (Viet Cong, Metz, Alvvays) and Brian Borcherdt, who respectively make up the band Holy Fuck. This is the most electric No Joy has sounded, the energy from their live shows transcending into the recordings. Singer Jasamine White-Gluz is not only exploring her range vocally, but these are some of the most emotive performances to date.
No Joy's debut album, Ghost Blonde, was one of the standouts of the shoegaze revival in 2010. 2013’s sophomore release, Wait to Pleasure, proved to be their sonic breakout success, while last year's More Faithful solidified No Joy as one of the genre's strongest innovators. Throughout all of these major releases (as well as their collection of EPs and singles) it's almost as if No Joy want to keep you guessing.
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