Thorn In My Side

Back up to Manchester tomorrow to catch Quicksand, the post hardcore band with the impressive CV and a band I’ve been in awe of for more than two decades since I was first exposed to Omission on their self titled debut 7″ from 1990. Even though Quicksand and Broken Teeth albums would be found in the hardcore section at your local record shop, they won’t be anywhere as near as aggressive as last nights fare, but they’ll be just as intense none the less.

Ex members of bands live Gorilla Biscuits, Bold, Burn and Collapse will provide the soundtrack at my penultimate visit to the cities Sound Control venue (but more about its demise when I visit for the last time next month).

As far as I’m aware I have a 100% attendance for Quicksand Manchester shows as I believe this is only their third time here. My first encounter was in April 1995 immediately before The Offspring took to the stage at the Academy just down the road. I saw that tour twice and I was in Nottingham a couple of days beforehand. I was in two minds about going to their show in Nottingham tonight and I could say the same about that city too, but I’ve been a bit under the weather this afternoon.

My second Quicksand in Manchester show was a mere two months later when they played the now defunct Boardwalk with Stanford Prison Experiment in tow. That was the only time I visited that venue and I’m not quite sure where it was situated. I’m thinking it was in the Deansgate area near to Rebellion.

It would be a short nineteen years until I got to see them live again. I missed their Reading and Leeds Festival appearances in 2013 so it had to wait until Download the year after. I ventured down to London for their “warm up” show the night before at the Electric Ballroom, mainly because I knew I’d get a much longer set in London. They were on pretty early on the Friday at Download and I got into the tent they were playing only a few minutes before they took to the stage. I’m glad I didn’t miss them as I was only there for the day and there wasn’t much else on to keep me sated.

In the intervening three years their third album Interiors surfaced a few week ago after a 22 year wait. It hasn’t felt as instantly accessible as Slip or Manic Compression, but in the time I’ve had it, the album has received multiple plays and it’s growing on me now. I’m pretty sure I can find 40 minutes spare tomorrow to have another run through it.

Last month when Metallica played Manchester they performed a snippet of an Oasis track to placate the locals. I’m not a fan of The Smiths by any stretch of the imagination, but the band covered How Soon Is Now on their debut album and I have a sneaky feeling they’ll blow the cobwebs off it and give it an airing tomorrow. Then again I could be completely wrong.

For your aural and visual perusal today is the quirky Thorn In My Side from their sophomore release Manic Compression. A highly influential band in their time and a very underrated band at the same time (if that’s possible?). The biggest bulk of their back catalogue is very heavy in emotion so it’s good to see they can have a fun too. I’m also intrigued to see how the new songs sit live with the anthems that the undoubtedly mainly older contingent in the crowd are there to hear again.

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Omission

Obviously after Gorilla Biscuits the only place I can go now is to Walter’s next band the post hardcore Quicksand. My introduction into the band was buying the re-released CD single released by Polydor Records for Omission from the second hand bin on another college lunch time, music buying shopping trip.

The track first appeared on the self titled debut 7″ single released by Revelation Records within months of the Gorilla Biscuits’ demise and again it resurfaced on Quicksand’s inaugural major label debut Slip.

I think 1995 was their trip to the British Isles when they were special guests to The Offspring, I saw them twice on this tour, then they returned for some headline shows with Stanford Prison Experiment in tow a few moths afterwards and I paid £5 for a ticket to see them at the Boardwalk in Manchester.

It would be 19 years until I got to see them again. They did play the Reading and Leeds festivals in 2013, but there just wasn’t enough on the bill for me to justify parting with the best part of £100 for a day ticket. They were announced for the third stage at Download 2014 and the night prior to that they played a one off show in London, and that definitely wasn’t a fiver to get in! The day they played the festival also had a line up that interested me – The Offspring performing Smash in full, Within Temptation, Letlive,Tesla and Bad Religion.