Brian Cook - Bass - 2009 - Present

Brian Cook is the bassist, baritone guitarist, and keyboardist for Russian Circles. He also played in the bands Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, and Roy. He has served as a session player for records by Mouth of the Architect and Mamiffer and is currently an auxiliary contributor to Sumac. In addition to playing music, Cook is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Stranger, Noisey, Portland Mercury, and Alarm. He self-published his debut novel, The Second Chair Is Meant For You, in 2014. He was voted Best Dancer in his 6th grade yearbook, which, if you've ever seen him dance, was obviously a joke by his classmates. Cook currently lives in New York with his husband Reno. 

Brian Cook's Gear Thanks go to:
Verellen Amplifiers
Ernie Ball Strings

Brian Cook Rig Rundown

Every Record I Own - Day 150: Boris DearWell folks, we made it.... 

Every Record I Own - Day 150: Boris Dear

Well folks, we made it. This is the last of my Boris records.

As I mentioned in my post about Smile, I began writing about music on a professional level about 10 years ago, starting with a blurb on a blog about Boris’ upcoming album. It was initially a way to stay productive when I was home from tour. I was just barely scraping by financially and I wasn’t optimistic that I’d be able to juggle two bands’ touring schedules forever, so I felt like I needed some sort of…

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Every Record I Own - Day 149: Boris & Endon ErosIn 2014, I... 

Every Record I Own - Day 149: Boris & Endon Eros

In 2014, I went to Japan with Russian Circles. It was my first time back since These Arms Are Snakes tour there with ISIS and Boris seven years prior. In Tokyo, we played with an abrasively gnarly band called Endon. The band consisted of a singer, guitarist, drummer, and two noise musicians. Their set was a total barrage—just completely wild and untamed. I came back to New York and immediately pitched a feature to Noisey on “Tokyo’s Most Extreme Band.”


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Every Record I Own - Day 148: Boris w/ Merzbow KlatterThe fourth... 

Every Record I Own - Day 148: Boris w/ Merzbow Klatter

The fourth LP Boris released in the spring of 2011 was another collaboration with Merzbow. Like many of the collaborations between the Japanese power trio and the legendary noise artist, this LP took years to see the light of day, with these particular recordings stemming back to 2004. And in keeping with the previous tag-team ventures of Rock Dream and Walrus/Groon, the material contained on this LP is a mixture of classic Boris cuts, cover songs, and…

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Every Record I Own - Day 147: Boris Heavy RocksNot to be... 

Every Record I Own - Day 147: Boris Heavy Rocks

Not to be confused with the Heavy Rocks album Boris released in 2002, the 2011 version of Heavy Rocks features nearly identical artwork (with only a different color scheme to distinguish them) but features entirely new songs. Much like its doppelgänger predecessor, Heavy Rocks lives up to its name. For a band that’s made a career out of delayed gratification and slow builds, both Heavy Rocks albums opt for more adrenalized riffs and fewer drawn out drone…

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