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 259: Converge No HeroesHere we are at... 

.Every Record I Own - Day 259: Converge No Heroes

Here we are at entry number 259 and I feel like this is the first time I’ve covered an artist here where I’m a little frustrated by my collection. I didn’t have a lot to say about Poacher Diaries yesterday and I don’t have a lot to say about No Heroes. I think this is a great record with one of their best songs (”Plagues”), but it’s also an album I neglected for a couple of years after its release. After all, this was their sixth album, and as is often my…

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Every Record I Own - Day 258: Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Converge... 

Every Record I Own - Day 258: Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Converge The Poacher Diaries

We’re gonna go through my Converge records chronologically, and I regret to admit that I own most of their early catalog on CD, so we’re starting with their split LP with Agoraphobic Nosebleed from 1999. Sadly, there will be no discussion of Petitioning the Empty Sky, When Forever Comes Crashing, Jane Doe, or You Fail Me. All great records, but all owned on CD.

Poacher Diaries is a weird place to start in the catalog, partially…

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Does Botch, Roy, These Arms Are Snakes or Russian Circles have any shelved (recorded but never released) songs and, if so, what's the likelihood of them becoming available to the public? 

There are no unreleased Botch or These Arms Are Snakes songs as far as I can recall. Roy had a 7″ single for “Reno, I’m Coming Home” that was supposed to come out on a record label run by Sean Carlson but then he got too caught up in building Fuck Yeah Fest and being a total creep to women so it never saw the light of day. There were two unreleased songs on that.

Russian Circles has a few unreleased songs, but they’re interlude/ballad type songs that just felt unnecessary on the albums. It’s doubtful they’ll…

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Every Record I Own - Day 257: Constantines Tournament of... 

Every Record I Own - Day 257: Constantines Tournament of Hearts

Starhawk in a street ritual / pleas from Herald Square to the heavens, earth, and seas / Let the land move its people / and draw us lines from our fiery designs

…Bryan Webb sings against a squall of feedback, synth-drones, and pounding toms at the beginning of Constantines’ third album. The opening track “Draw Us Lines” consists of one chord, but Webb weaves a melody around it in such a way that the austerity of the song feels forceful and…

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