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Quicksand 'Slip' 30th Anniversary New Zealand Tour Announced

Quicksand 'Slip' 30th Anniversary New Zealand Tour Announced

Chris Cudby / Tuesday 25th July, 2023 9:06AM

NYC post-hardcore heavy hitters Quicksand have announced three Aotearoa headline dates celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic 1993 debut album Slip, acclaimed as a "a jaw-dropping anthem factory" by Decibel. Drawing parallels with Helmet's metallic riff innovations and Fugazi's punk fervour when first launched onto global alt-rock airwaves three decades back, Quicksand will be playing selected tracks from Slip, plus fan favourites from across their career (including their 2021 Epitaph long player Distant Populations) at upcoming headline dates in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch this December. Reissued on vinyl LP earlier this year via Iodine Recordings with accompanying hardcover book (featuring commentary from members of Anthrax, Helmet, Sepultura, Thursday, Rise Against, Refused and more), check out the eye-zapping tour poster artwork by Tetsunori Tawaraya and get amongst Quicksand's sure to searing Slip 30th anniversary events this summer...


Thursday 14th December - The Loons, Christchurch
Friday 15th December - Meow, Wellington
Saturday 16th December - The Mothership, Auckland

Tickets on sale from 10am, Thursday 27th July

Hit play on the vintage clip for 'Fazer' from Slip...

Listen to Slip (30th Anniversary)...

Press release:

Quicksand’s debut album Slip turned 30 earlier this year, and what better way to commemorate such a monumental album than with an equally as hard-hitting live show.

Valhalla Touring and Waxstar Touring are bringing the anniversary celebrations to Australia and New Zealand where Quicksand will perform their greatest hits along with select tracks from Slip.

Frontman Walter Schreifels told Loudwire, “We’re definitely an amalgamation of all the aggressive stuff that’s come out of New York, but we wanted to be a bit more cerebral.”

In the early nineties, traditional metal was fading and the fury of New York hardcore had started burning brighter. Quicksand grabbed ahold of them both and crafted a record that strongly stood smack-bang between raging belligerence and thoughtful story-telling. Introducing vulnerable lyrics about broken homes, dysfunctional relationships and the breakdown of the American family to syncopated drums and fierce vocals was bound to put Quicksand at the forefront of the evolution of post-hardcore and post-metal.

“Aggressive music is great, but we want to make songs that have a point as well.” Decades later, Quicksand continued to make a point in 2021 when they released their cleverly titled latest album Distant Populations to a world lacking in closeness and connection, made glaringly obvious by the worldwide pandemic.

Quicksand are coming to take Australasia on an aggressively thought-provoking look at the last 30 years. Their passionate performances and timeless music are sure to captivate both longtime fans and new listeners alike, reaffirming their influential position in the history of rock music.

You won’t want to miss this.


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