AOTY 2021

Distant Populations

Quicksand - Distant Populations
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #396 / 666
User Score
Based on 69 ratings
2021 Ratings: #393
Liked by 3 people
August 13, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Epitaph / Label
Post-Hardcore / Genres
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Distant Populations is more prone to go for the throat with chunkier grooves and meaner hooks.


It would be wrong to say that Quicksand have mellowed out this time around.


Since Distant Populations treads much of the same ground as Interiors—gauzy mixes render the two albums virtually indistinguishable—it’s now evident Quicksand can no longer stay one step ahead of time forever.

While openers ‘Inversion’ & ‘Lightning Field’ blister their way through with crunchy mid-tempo glory by track 3’s marching ‘Colossus’ it’s clear to me that Distant Populations is a rock album full of muscle.
Contrastingly on the beautifully textured ‘Brushed’, hip-hop beats meet acoustic guitars and a poetic searching vocal, this album has some depth in the lyrics:
“You say return from where you came
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The singers uncle was my High School social studies teacher. lol

One of the kings of post-hardcore, Walter Schreifels played in Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, & Rival Schools along with fronting Quicksand. After dropped two acclaimed albums back in the mid-90's Quicksand went away for 20 plus years. Now 2 albums into their return, they are back with a melodic crunchy rocker post-hardcore album. A bunch of solid 2/3 minute tunes, easily digestible and highly enjoyable.

If you like ... read more
The New York-based rock band releases their 4th record. Alongside acts such as At the Drive-In and Refused, Quicksand shaped the post-hardcore genre into what it is today. After two classic albums in the 90’s, the band called it a day. However, the group returned with a pretty solid comeback record in 2017. “Interiors” was slower, groovier and a bit more melodic. With the departure of lead guitarist Tom Capone, the future of the group seemed uncertain. But, Quicksand decided ... read more
Quicksand - Distant Populations

Genre: Alternative Rock
Country: US

Final Verdict: 51% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 617th / 655

Highlight: Katakana

Made me think of:
Jane's Addiction
Cloud Nothings
Favorite Tracks: Katakana, Brushed, Missile Command, Phased 90, Inversion, Rodan1
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Added on: June 23, 2021