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Sometimes They Come In Threes, the tertiary Quickster release, sees the band set sail on a darker path. Three years removed from their last work (2011’s The Ghost), Sometimes They Come In Threes is the first album to feature all three members composing in unison with one another on a consistent, song-by-song basis.
The electronically induced “Sometimes…” leads the album off (with a nod and a tip of the cap to former Minneapolis rockers Casanatra) and is quickly followed by the intense 2:37 blast furnace “I Have Found The Legendary Atlantis.” The pace slows with “Brick Wall Intervention,” as the core of the album starts to shape around detuned guitars and heavy, groove-oriented material. The Quicksters do reach back to the past on a couple of occasions, however, with “The Day That Levee Broke” and “Bullsnake,” a hard-rock inspired number with a touch of Americana style writ. Lyrical content shifts from the everyday to the mythological as the rumbling, rhythmic “Like Sirens” thunders like a supercell rolling in. Closing the album is the three-part, dynamically diverse, classic metal influenced “Triads,” an instrumental clocking in at just over nine minutes.
The Quick Are The Dead manage to retain their identity yet sonically and lyrically diversify their works without giving way to pretense or undue influence. Veracity, intensity, & focus – sometimes, indeed, they do come in threes.
The Ghost picks up musically where The Quick Are The Dead left off – kick in the face riffs, mammoth drum beats, & yellodic vocals. The distinction? One story.
The Quick Are The Dead’s second effort offers up an intriguing storyline; a hit man sent to kill one of his own betrays the ‘family’ that has used him for years as their go-to, and now finds himself on the outside looking in. With his options bleak, he frantically reaches out to a man once thought (and perhaps, actually) dead. The Ghost tells a dark-comic saga through the eyes of it’s four main characters; a story of enlightenment, regret, repression & redemption.
The album begs to tell the tale without being complacent or cocky; a fine balance between the attitude-laden riffage of early Guns ‘n’ Roses, the pure power of Helmet, and the refined pop rock of the Foo Fighters. The opening and closing tracks (“In The Wake Of The Ghost,” “BDR529”) offer an anthemic, rhythmic bookend to a varied yet cohesive album.
Recorded as a double-EP (think Frampton, but not live & only half as long), The Quick Are The Dead’s 11-song debut cuts to the chase with a melodic blend of girthy riffs and sing-a-long choruses. From the opening punch-in-the-nose of “Don’t Turn Your Back” to the ending blow-out rant of “Room On Fire,” TQATD’s BE | Love Songs For Those Who Hate Love Songs sticks the listener directly in intersection of rock, indie, metal & pop.