Quicksand, Single Mothers

When: Sat., Jan. 12, 9 p.m. 2013

Even now, 20 years after the release of Quicksand’s debut full-length, Slip, the album still sounds like a huge departure from Walter Schreifels and company’s previous bands. Gorilla Biscuits and Youth of Today played straight-ahead blitzing hardcore, but Quicksand’s heavy, dynamic, emotive songs drew on the metal-leaning catchiness of Helmet and the angular aggression of Fugazi. If you revisit Slip and its 1995 follow-up, Manic Compression, you’ll notice that a few songs haven’t aged well (mostly due to some questionable guitar tones and a slight flavor of proto-nu-metal), but for the most part they still kick ass—and their influence continues to make itself felt on bands that gracefully blend crushing heaviness with smooth, pretty poppiness, including the Deftones, with whom Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega has been playing since 2009. Schreifels and some other New York hardcore alumni formed spacey alt-rock band Rival Schools after Quicksand fell apart in 1999, but that lasted only a few years as a going concern; Quicksand started playing occasional reunion shows in 2012, and this will be their first Chicago appearance in well over a decade. —Luca Cimarusti Single Mothers open.

Price: $29

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