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:
Moog
Fuzzrocious
Dwarfcraft 
Verellen Amplifiers
Ernie Ball Strings

Brian Cook Rig Rundown

Every Record I Own - Day 28: Antioch Arrow Gems of MasochismA... 



Every Record I Own - Day 28: Antioch Arrow Gems of Masochism

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Every Record I Own - Day 27: Antioch Arrow In Love With... 



Every Record I Own - Day 27: Antioch Arrow In Love With Jets

While The Lady Is A Cat is a great record, In Love With Jets is a fucking fantastic record. The band gets even more rowdy and caustic on their second full-length, while vocalist Aaron Montaigne delves deeper into a flailing, flamboyant, and absurdist affront to all the overly earnest and extremely political hardcore of the era. Kent McClard of Ebullition Records and HeartattaCk fanzine was the closest thing this particular scene had to a…

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Every Record I Own - Day 26: Antioch Arrow The Lady Is A CatWhen... 



Every Record I Own - Day 26: Antioch Arrow The Lady Is A Cat

When At The Drive In blew up, a promoter friend of mine in Seattle was a bit perplexed by their popularity. “I don’t get it,” he said, “literally every musician I know has already been in a band like that.” And indeed, if you were involved in the more “emo” realm of hardcore in the heart of the ‘90s, then you had probably already seen no shortage of bands emulating Drive Like Jehu or Nation of Ulysses. Antioch Arrow were also supposedly a huge…

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Every Record I Own - Day 25: Anthology of American Folk Music... 



Every Record I Own - Day 25: Anthology of American Folk Music Vol. 1-4

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Every Record I Own - Day 24: And So I Watch You From Afar... 



Every Record I Own - Day 24: And So I Watch You From Afar Heirs

Here we have the fourth album from Northern Ireland’s premier post-rock band, And So I Watch You From Afar. So apparently my first interaction with this band was back in 2008 when Russian Circles and These Arms Are Snakes toured Europe together. It was a fun tour… perhaps too fun. There was a lot of drinking, and by the time the tour reached Northern Ireland our alcohol tolerance was pretty high. Before the show, RC and TAAS were backstage…

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