A few new merch items have been added to Russian Circles' N. American online store (ships worldwide). Thank you for your continued support.
Happy to announce the rescheduled dates for Russian Circles Los Angeles shows supporting System of a Down, Korn, Faith No More & Helmet have been confirmed for May 21 & 22, 2021. Existing tickets will be honored for the new dates.
"We had so much great new merch for what is now our postponed tour in Europe. If anyone out there is safely in a position to purchase any of this we would be extremely grateful. To those that can’t we understand completely."Read more
EU TOUR IMPORTANT UPDATE:
We're really sorry to inform you that due to the COVID19 situation in Europe, Russian Circles European tour 2020 with Torche has been postponed. Roadburn Festival is still confirmed. You can read a message from Brian, Mike and Dave below.
"It’s with heavy hearts that we’re announcing the postponement of our European tour with Torche due to the increasing government pressure to limit public events in the wake of the coronavirus. We’ve been watching the day-by-day developments closely and all the patterns seem to indicate that the measures imposed by countries like Italy will likely be the model for most of Western Europe in the next few weeks, effectively cancelling the majority of our shows. We have already had several concerts cancelled on us and we’ve been asked to postpone our performances by several additional promoters. Ultimately, we anticipate that the situation will get worse before it gets any better. Beyond government restrictions, we also have to consider the health of our audiences and the people working our shows. We’ve played shows with broken fingers. We’ve played shows with vomit buckets hidden behind our amps because members of the band we’re dealing with stomach flus. We’ve played shows days after members have come out of surgery. We’ve played through any number of physical, emotional, or financial hardships, but unfortunately we have to make an exception this time around. It pains us to postpone the tour, but for the sake of our audience, our colleagues in the clubs, and ourselves, we feel it’s best to reschedule the tour for later in 2020. That said, we are keeping our fingers crossed that the situation improves in time for Roadburn Festival in mid-April as we are still planning on performing as scheduled. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused anyone but we will be back soon. Stay safe and take care of each other."
Russian Circles will be performing at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, May 22 & 23 with System of a Down, Korn, Faith No More & Helmet. Tickets go on sale Friday 02/07 HERE.
RUSSIAN CIRCLES PERFORM “QUARTERED“ & "SINAIA"
AT MAYSLAKE PEABODY ESTATE IN OAK BROOK, IL.
"Russian Circles is an iconic instrumental post metal band signed to Sargent House. They're known among their peers for gargantuan riffs, precisely dialed in gear and smashing constructions that yield catharsis for all who listen. Check out the killer performance by Russian Circles recorded at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oakbrook, IL."
Listen HERE // Behind the scenes photos and more on Audio Tree
Russian Circles named their 2016 album Guidance in reference to the uncertainty of the future. It was a fitting title for the times, with the album coming out a few months before America’s tumultuous presidential election, but it was intended more as a reference to the band’s own absence of a blueprint as they navigated their second decade as a band than as a social commentary. If there were questions as to how to move forward as a musical unit or individual doubts as to how to continue toiling as artists in the underground, the three years of relentless touring on the album only served to reinforce the Sisyphean struggle of artists.
With the release of their latest record Blood Year through Sargent House, Russian Circles continue to remind the world why they have reigned as one of post-rock’s most stalwart forces. The Chicago trio have always pushed volume and timbre to absolute limit and beyond, but Blood Year finds Russian Circles at their most brutalizing.
Capturing the lightning-in-a-bottle verve of their live storied shows, Blood Year thrives with its organic feel and rampant energy. Showcasing Brian Cook’s grinding bass lines, Mike Sullivan’s deep-diving guitar leads, and Dave Turncrantz’s pounding rack and floor toms, Blood Year finds Russian Circles in the midst of pushing past their already astronomical limits of timbre and volume. Completing the formula is Kurt Ballou’s engineering prowess and Steve Albini’s world-famous wonderland Electrical Audio.
14. Russian Circles - Blood Year
Chicago-based instrumental post-everything powerhouse Russian Circles just keep getting better and better — and on their seventh album, Blood Year, heavier, too. Jaw-clenched psychedelic bombast is seemingly the name of the game here, yet the trio — which notably features ex-Botch/These Arms Are Snakes bassist Brian Cook — never sacrifices subtlety and dynamics, pulling the rapt listener through dramatic swells and cataclysmic crashes. F.P.
Russian Circles drummer Dave Turncrantz talks the process of recording their amazing new record Blood Year, his work with Riddle of Steel and the small scene they operated in, how to describe your band to cops/border patrols, the unshakable John Stainer influence, knowing when to slow down parts for musical impact, Meshuggah ruling live, Dave's fascination with Black Metal, the specific room at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio Studio that Dave recorded drums in for BY, studio momentum and nailing songs in two takes, leaning on protools to minimize takes and how the first couple takes are always the best, copper, brass, steel, aluminum snares, and other gear nerdery, blast beats, bedroom kits, rehearsal spots in NY, Russian Circles experience opening for Tool, tune bots & more!!
Although they’ve apparently been trying to slow their touring, shortly after the August release of their seventh studio LP, Blood Year, Chicago post-metal instrumental trio Russian Circles quickly returned to the road. The band spent the second half of September touring with support from their local peers in FACS, and they’re currently on a run of dates with support from doom metal outfit Windhand, which will have them at Union Transfer this Sunday, October 27th. Blood Year, which was released on Sargent House, has the band attempting to replicate the energy of their live show – which has made its mark on the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection a number of times over the years – and has been largely regarded as their most aggressive record yet. Yesterday I got a chance to chat with Russian Circles bassist Brian Cook about their latest sounds… among other things.
Izzy Cihak: Since this is a Philadelphia-based publication, I’m curious about your thoughts on the city. You’ve played here a bunch of times.
Brian Cook: I’ve always found Philly to be interesting in that when I first started touring with hardcore bands back in the mid-‘90s it was one of the few cities where people actually lived in the city center, and one of the few cities where we’d actually play downtown. We’d never play LA; we’d play Orange County. We’d never play in Manhattan; we’d play in New Jersey or out on Long Island. And now as we’ve seen people re-populating city centers over the last two decades, we’ve watched all these major cities go through these dramatic makeovers, but Philly keeps its gritty character. I like that aspect of city… it seems immune to the whitewash of commercialism.
Izzy: Your latest LP, Blood Year, has been out for a little while now. Have you had any favorite responses to it, whether from fans, critics, or just friends?
Brian: I avoid reading our own press or online comments. And I imagine our friends are polite enough to keep any negative criticisms to themselves. So, I don’t really have any feedback highlights. I’m not naïve enough to boast that we make our music in some sort of vacuum of outside influence, but as someone that’s done music writing and journalism for a number of outlets over the last 12 years and seen how that side of things works, I’ve come to be a bit skeptical towards critics, so I prefer to ignore writers’ assessments of our work. The press is under so much pressure to provide content that I don’t think there’s a lot of genuine attentive listening to new music. I think it’s a lot of cursory listens and snap judgments. I’m much more prone to reading personal blogs or trustworthy sources’ private social media feeds for music suggestions as I think the enthusiasm in those formats is more insightful.
READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE.