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 158: The Broderick Free To Rot, Free Of... 

Every Record I Own - Day 158: The Broderick Free To Rot, Free Of Sin

I often see or hear hardcore bands and think “damn, I would have loved this band when I was 19,” but it’s rare that I hear a hardcore band and think “damn, I feel 19 again.” When I saw The Broderick open a show in Melbourne on Russian Circles’ first Australian tour, I felt the latter. They were kind enough to give me this LP, and I wrote it up for The Stranger a few weeks later

Every Record I Own - Day 157: Brainticket PsychonautI don’t... 

Every Record I Own - Day 157: Brainticket Psychonaut

I don’t remember when krautrock first popped up on my radar. I seem to recall an old Lungfish interview in Punk Planet where Dan Higgs mentioned how he and his bandmates were obsessed with Can, though it would still be several years before I actually heard the enigmatic Cologne band, and I don’t even know when I made the connection that they were part of a larger underground of rock music in Germany in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. I eventually acquired a…

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