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4 New Shows Announced in December

Post-metallers Russian Circles are going out on a short tour with their Cave In/Converge-related label mates Mutoid Man this December. The Sargent House acts are playing shows in Cambridge, Philly and a Brooklyn stop on December 11 at Music Hall

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Russian Circles Canadian Tour & 2 US Fests starts September 13th

Russian Circles headlining Canadian tour starts on September 13th with The Atlas Moth as support on all shows. They will also play two US festivals at the end of the run, the first in Minneapolis on Sept 26th at The Downtown Festival with Deafheaven, then ending in Dallas, TX where they will play Index Festival with Palms on 9/28.

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RUSSIAN CIRCLES LIVE 2014

09/13  London, ON @ Rum Runner Room (London Music Hall) #
09/14  Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile End #
09/15  Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace #
09/18  Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid #
09/20  Calgary, AB @ Palomino #
09/22  Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Stop #
09/24  Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop #
09/26  Minneapolis, MN @ Downtown Festival @ Skyway Theater **
09/ 27- 28  Dallas, TX @ Index Festival ^^

# w/ The Atlas Moth
** w/ Deafheaven,The Atlas Moth & False
^^ w/ Palms, Senses Fail, Joyce Manor, Zorch

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Australian Tour starts Tonight April 29th - Interview with Russian Circles

Ahead of their third Australian tour, Mike Sullivan of instrumental trio Russian Circles talks to Matthew Tomich about the songwriting process, expectations and working with Chelsea Wolfe.

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Russian Circles deal in polarities. From minimalist progressions to expansive crescendos, the Chicago trio’s sound oscillates from one extreme to another. Over the course of five albums and ten years, the they’ve made a career of defying the clichés of post-rock, eschewing delay pedal abuse and the loud/quiet/loud dynamic in favour complex song structures, gargantuan rhythms and unpredictable movements. For guitarist Mike Sullivan, it’s all about the emotion.

“That’s the most important part, the feeling of it.That’s the only real point — that it sits with you at an emotional level. Not just, ‘oh, that’s a cool riff, that’s a cool drum solo,’ but that it just kind of creeps into the dark spots settles somewhere.”

Those dark spots are most apparent on Russian Circles’ fifth record, Memorial. While the trio’s brand of post-rock has rarely been described is rarely described as uplifting, Memorial is easily the their most downbeat record. “It’s more melancholic, a little more bleak and more intense overall, and that’s pretty much the point,” says Sullivan. “The song titles have a meaning to us — cryptic meanings, different meanings to all of us in a way — but the whole point is how it makes you feel.”

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By Greg Kot for Chicago Tribune Russian Circles works in a relatively esoteric area – an...

By Greg Kot for Chicago Tribune

Russian Circles works in a relatively esoteric area – an instrumental trio that finds the sweet spot at the intersection of metal, hard rock, progressive and experimental music. Its five albums, culminating with last year’s elegiac “Memorial" (Sargent House), demonstrate just how expressive and dynamic a rock band without a lead vocalist can be. If an album can be both thrashy and poignant, “Memorial” is it.

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Metal Assault Live Review: Russian Circles at EL Rey w / video of Chelsea Wolfe performing "Memorial"

March 10th 2014, The El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles CA: Chicago-based instrumental heavy rock trio Russian Circles have been going from strength to strength in recent years, and since the last time I saw them headline the Troubadour in December 2011, they’ve traveled quite a fair distance as a band, literally and figuratively. Their latest album ‘Memorial’ has gained widespread praise and as a consequence, they’ve been getting booked on plenty of tours both as headliners and opening act. Currently, they’re approaching the end of a headline US tour with support from Helms Alee and KEN Mode, and played at a Sold-Out El Rey Theater in Western Los Angeles last night.

Rock/metal shows here are few and far between, but it’s always great to visit this lovely venue and last night was no different in that regard…
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"309" by Russian Circles an Interview By Andy Downing Instru-metal trio Russian Circles long has...

"309" by Russian Circles an Interview By Andy Downing

Instru-metal trio Russian Circles long has been a heavyweight presence in the local scene, releasing five albums, including last year’s monstrous “Memorial,” over the course of its decade together. Now that the band has both a burger and a beer to its name, though, it’s safe to say the guys have really made it.

Just this month the crew landed a burger on the menu at hard-rock haven Kuma’s Corner — a grilled patty topped with braised venison, fried beets and more — and DryHop Brewers released a Russian Imperial Stout named for Russian Circles’ 2006 song “Death Rides a Horse.”

It’s certainly not the group’s first brush with fame, however. Band members Mike Sullivan and Dave Turncrantz actually graced the RedEye cover just last year. For an article about an outdoor hockey league.

"There was no mention of the band whatsoever," said guitarist and Logan Square resident Sullivan, by phone. "It was just a picture of us two longhairs playing hockey outside and some [headline] like ‘Hockey’s back!’"

Are your Google Alerts going crazy with everything that’s happening in Russia?
That’s funny. Everything that’s going on in Russia I found out through our Facebook page. There’s all this Russian spam all over the site, so it’s like, “All right, here’s what’s going on.” I don’t think we’ll be going back to Russia anytime soon. That whole scene is dramatic and unfortunate. Hopefully it doesn’t get worse, but it’s not looking too good.

Have you played there often?
We played there on three different tours. We did St. Petersburg and Moscow last fall.

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