Cymbals Eat Guitars

Mon, January 28, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA


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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'.
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Cymbals Eat Guitars released their debut album Why There Are Mountains in 2009, receiving a response that far
exceeded the band’s expectations. Two years have gone by since that early hype cycle began, and a lot has changed.
Half of the musicians that played on Why There Are Mountains came and went before major touring began,
replaced by Brian Hamilton on keys and Matthew Whipple on bass. Hamilton and Whipple joined
singer/songwriter/guitarist Joseph D’Agostino and drummer Matt Miller to take the show on the road, finally
solidifying the lineup. An official release of Why There Are Mountains on the band’s own imprint, extensive US
touring with the likes of Bear in Heaven, Los Campesinos!, and The Thermals; European dates with The Flaming
Lips and The Hold Steady; and festival performances including Lollapalooza and Glastonbury kept the band quite
busy. All the while, they were using whatever free time was afforded to them to write songs for a planned followup.
In early 2011, the band settled down in Whipple’s basement in New Jersey to finish writing that follow-up.
Rehearsing and recording demos in a suburban home allowed for a lot of freedom the band hadn’t enjoyed in the
past. Shared Brooklyn rehearsal spaces had always meant long commutes, scheduling difficulties, parking tickets.
Decamping to the suburbs meant fewer distractions and more time to explore the outer reaches of song structure and
melody, and to edit, reign in, and refine those same elements. That refinement and clarity of purpose came in no
small part with the guidance of producer John Agnello, and together they set out to craft an album that recontextualized the band’s favored sounds and highlighted underexplored strengths.
Lenses Alien, the result of these collaborative explorations, is a stunning example of a band growing into itself –
learning to collaborate, becoming more confident. Why There Are Mountains was a record that Joseph D’Agostino
made largely on his own, with help from Matt Miller and some other friends and acquaintances that came and went.
Lenses Alien is a record that Joseph D’Agostino, Brian Hamilton, Matt Miller, and Matthew Whipple made
together, as a band.
At its core, Lenses Alien is a marriage of classic pop forms and ambient haze that makes for a stark, dusky
psychedelia. D’Agostino’s vocals, now with support from Hamilton and Whipple, sit daringly at the forefront, and
his lyrics are dark, strange, and affecting as ever. Miller and Whipple move the songs as a singular, powerful unit
while ornate guitars and Hamilton’s celestial organ and chiming pianos whirl across the sonic landscape. Songs like
‘Definite Darkness’ and ‘Keep Me Waiting’ move with the frenetic urgency of romance that seemingly begins and
ends all at once, and ‘Secret Family’ and ‘Wavelengths’ combine Motown-esque turns with impressionistic visions
of lost youth and the struggle to retain it. A relentlessly complex listen, Lenses Alien strikes a balance between the
archaic and the inviting and is as much a document of doubts and contradictions as of irreverent joy. It’s a varied
collection of songs that feels handmade – built from the ground up – and it’s precisely the album Cymbals Eat
Guitars was built to make.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123