Quicksand – Tickets – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR – January 19th, 2013


Monqui Presents



Saturday January 19

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$25.00 - $28.00

This event is 21 and over

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'.
Musical trends come and go, but the bands who stick around are the ones who eschew whatever's popular in favor of playing the music that's in their hearts—and Kingston, Pennsylvania's Title Fight are a perfect example of this. Originally formed in 2003 by guitarist/vocalist Jamie Rhoden and the twin brother duo of vocalist/bassist Ned Russin and drummer Ben Russin when the trio were barely teenagers, Title Fight started as a way for these young kids to explore their burgeoning love of hardcore. But after adding guitarist Shane Moran in 2005, something funny happened: Their tireless practicing eventually transformed them into one of the most exciting hardcore acts in recent memory.

After releasing a handful of EPs and 7-inches as well as performing shows all over the world, Title Fight began attracting attention from fans and labels who were captivated by the way the band managed to put a modern spin on the melodic hardcore sound pioneered by acts like Gorilla Biscuits and Lifetime—and in 2010 the members of Title Fight dropped out of college in order to tour full-time with acts such as New Found Glory, Four Year Strong and H20. It was also around this time that the band entered the studio with Gorilla Biscuits/Quicksand guitarist Walter Schreifels who agreed to produce the band and promptly drove down to Northeastern Pennsylvania to help them prepare to record their highly anticipated full-length debut Shed.

"The cool thing about Walter is that when we came to him he told us he doesn't produce a lot of records because he's a full-time musician himself, so he only works with bands he really likes and hearing that was a huge compliment because he's one of our biggest inspirations," Ned Russin explains. "We were really up front about the fact that we wanted to feel in control with our music so he really just let us do our thing but came up with some helpful suggestions without trying to transform us into something we aren't," he continues when asked about Schreifels' role in the process. "He came down and stayed at Ned and Ben's parents' house and we just hashed it all out in Jamie's parents' basement."

From there the band headed to Philadelphia to record Shed over a grueling two-week period at the legendary Studio 4. However all those long nights paid off as Shed sees the band implementing various subgenres that range from old-school hardcore to aggressive punk rock that make these twelve energetic anthems instant classics for a new generation of listeners searching for music that inspires them as much as Title Fight were inspired by their heroes. "We wrote the last record when we were in high school and since then
we've dropped out of school, seen the world and had life experiences that are all reflected here," Ned Russin explains when asked what it's been like to sacrifice everything to make Shed a reality.

From the Hot Water Music-esque power of "27" to the old-school feel of "You Can't Say Kingston Doesn't Love You," Shed is also a remarkably varied record that proves hardcore doesn't need to be formulaic in order to be powerful. "The most important thing is that this is a Title Fight record," Ned Russin summarizes, "we're not trying to pose and be anything we're not." Moran concurs adding, "we're not a surface level band, we're the kind of act who likes to dig a little deeper and we're really interested in learning about the history of punk and hardcore to find the stuff that really speaks to us on a personal level."

Speaking of personal, Shed also features some of the band's most heartfelt lyrics to date—a fact that is largely due to the life-changing experiences the band have endured, both good and band since their previous recordings. "This album was a lot more collaborative from a lyrical perspective and instead of being about girls, it's about real life situations," Ned Russin says. "Throughout the past few years my grandmother passed away and my dad had reconstructive heart surgery so a lot has been on my mind and Title Fight has always been a great release for me to get out what's bottled up inside," he continues. "We just tried to be as sincere as we possibly could and write songs about what was important to us at the time."
Ultimately this sentiment has always remained at the core of Title Fight and it's one of the reasons why so many fans have gravitated toward the band's music despite the fact that they don't have any fancy costumes or onstage gimmicks. "I think we have a unique dynamic because we can always play a hardcore show with our friends in a basement but we can also play a show with more commercial bands on a larger scale and be accepted in both situations," Moran explains.

"We've been a band for seven years and this is the first time we've had a recording that's longer than seven minutes long," Ned Russin adds. "The last year has been a crazy ride but the whole time we've always stayed true to the fact that we're not trying to be anything we're not," he summarizes. "We're four friends that play in a band together and we would still be doing this whether we were playing to five people or five hundred of them."

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