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 284: Darker My Love 2I’ve been back out on tour and pressed for time, so I... 

Every Record I Own - Day 284: Darker My Love 2

I’ve been back out on tour and pressed for time, so I haven’t been keeping up with these entries. It’s been a busy couple of years as I’ve been juggling a couple of actively touring bands—something I haven’t done since 2008-2009 when I was touring in both These Arms Are Snakes and Russian Circles. 

It was in those hectic years at the end of the decade that These Arms toured with Darker My Love. It was just a couple of weeks but it all feels a little blurrier than…

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Every Record I Own - Day 283: Dag Nasty Can I SayI always preferred the early hardcore albums that... 

Every Record I Own - Day 283: Dag Nasty Can I Say

I always preferred the early hardcore albums that came out of DC over the stuff happening in California or New York or Boston. The balance of politics, self-reflection, and negation of violence were more to my tastes than, say, Agnostic Front and Slapshot. And even beyond the overall mindset of the community, I always felt like DC had the most musically exciting bands. Considering what was going on in American hardcore in 1986, Dag Nasty’s debut album is a…

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