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Hear Quicksand's Soaring New Song "Missile Command"

NYC post-hardcore pioneers announce new album 'Distant Populations,' share fall tour dates

Revolver has teamed with Quicksand for an exclusive "hot pink and cyan blue pinwheel" vinyl variant of their new album, Distant Populations. It's limited to 500 — get yours before they're gone! 

Quicksand have a new album coming. The New York City post-hardcore pioneers have announced that their fourth record, Distant Populations, will arrive later this summer, and today they've dropped a soaring new song from it called "Missile Command." 

Compared to the stomping "Inversion" single that Quicksand shared back in April, "Missile Command" has a much more subtle and eerie vibe to it that almost sounds like an older Queens of the Stone Age track during the verses. It's got a fat bassline, a steady drum beat and alternately breathy and bursting singing from vocalist-guitarist Walter Schreifels. Watch its trippy cartoon music video while you listen above via YouTube. 

"It really kind of focuses on Sergio's [Vega, bassist] whole motif in a very simple way," Schreifels said of "Missile Command." "He and Alan [Cage, drummer] just have this really kind of trademark groove, and I think that really sings on this one to me. I just felt like it's a kind of song that is very us, but we hadn't written it yet."

Like Quicksand's 2017 comeback album, Interiors (their first since 1995), Distant Populations was also produced by Will Yip (Code Orange, Turnstile, Nothing) at his lauded Studio 4 workspace in Conshohocken, PA. According to Schreifels, the 11-track release is a commentary on our social habits and an examination of our roles both as individuals as members of a greater society. 

"Everyone is on the one hand so connected with each other, and on the other hand, is so far apart." Schreifels commented. "We're checking out each other's social media and we know what everybody's doing. But when we're sitting in the same room together, we're looking at our phones."

Distant Populations is due out digitally on August 13th and on vinyl September 24th via Epitaph Records. Revolver has an exclusive "hot pink and cyan blue pinwheel" vinyl variant that's limited to just 500 copies. Pre-order yours from our shop before they're gone. 

In addition to announcing the record, Quicksand have also revealed a slew of North American headlining dates that are set to go down later this fall. Tickets go on sale here this Friday July 25th. See the full itinerary, the Distant Populations artwork and its track listing below. 

Distant Populations track listing: 
"Lightning Field"
"Missile Command"
"Phase 90"
"The Philosopher"
"Compacted Reality"

Quicksand tour dates:
9/28 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
9/29 Asbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony
10/1 Lancaster, PA - Tellus 360
10/2 Albany, NY - Empire Live
10/4 Detroit, MI - El Club
10/5 Chicago, IL-  Metro
10/6 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
10/8 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
10/9 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10/11 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10/12 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
10/13 Seattle, WA - Neumos
10/15 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
10/16 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
10/18 Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
10/19 Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
10/21 Austin, TX - Mohawk
10/23 Houston, TX Studio - Warehouse Live
10/25 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Hell)
10/26 Charlotte, NC - The Underground
10/27 Washington, DC - Black Cat
10/29 New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
10/31 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of The Living Arts