The following is from, Built on a Weak Spot
Quagmire – We Know We Don’t Know Got to give props to Andrew over at Aversion for alerting me to this release from Sweden’s Quagmire (aka: QGMR). I had no idea that the band was releasing a new album so I was extremely surprised and excited to see a post about them and their recent release We Know We Don’t Know out now on Groupsounds. I remember hearing their first album Quiet is Not Loud a couple or so years ago and thinking it was pretty solid but I mistakenly didn’t keep tabs on the band afterwards. I doubt that will be happening again. But oh well, makes for a very nice surprise in ’08 and I definitely could use a few of those.
Having formed in the late nineties, Quagmire has put out two full-lengths now along with a couple or so singles and two EP’s. On We Know We Don’t Know the band once again successfully fuses together influences of post-punk and the good old days of post-hardcore. Compared to their debut there isn’t a considerable difference here music wise, however the production on the new record definitely allows the band to shine a bit more by opening up the guitars that were sometimes a bit overshadowed before due to the muffled rumble of bass. There is a lot of interesting guitar interaction going on between the two guitarists that gives We Know We Don’t Know a huge boost. Quagmire is a band that obviously has a taste for some of the past Dischord catalog and they absolutely do it justice here on their latest effort. This is a no brainer for fans of post-hardcore/punk.