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 276: Crypts s/tThe hardest part about... 

Every Record I Own - Day 276: Crypts s/t

The hardest part about leaving These Arms Are Snakes was knowing I wouldn’t be working with our vocalist Steve Snere anymore. Towards the end of our run, Steve was my primary musical ally in the band. Aside from our creative camaraderie, I always felt like Steve was the most level-headed guy in the group, even if he would wind up drunk, shirtless, bloody, covered in sweat and spit, and strangling himself with a belt on stage every night. He’s an incredible performer…

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Every Record I Own - Day 275: Criteria When We BreakYou don’t... 

Every Record I Own - Day 275: Criteria When We Break

You don’t always get to choose the bands you tour with. We’ve been invited to open for bigger bands, and sometimes there will be some other band on the bill, and they’re nice enough folks but their music isn’t memorable. I’ve come home from tours unable to hum a bar of music or recite a line of lyrics from bands we’ve heard nightly for six weeks straight.

Or conversely, you tour with a band and you love their music but after six weeks of hearing their music…

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Every Record I Own - Day 274: Crimpshrine Duct Tape SoupFor the... 

Every Record I Own - Day 274: Crimpshrine Duct Tape Soup

For the uninitiated: Crimpshrine was a Bay Area punk band started in 1982 by two thirteen-year-olds: Aaron Cometbus (of Cometbus zine fame) and Jesse Michaels (future singer of Operation Ivy). They eventually added Jeff Ott (future singer/guitarist of Fifteen), kicked out Michaels, and went through a bunch of line-up changes that included Lint from Operation Ivy and eventually a couple of dudes from Screeching Weasel. If there was a family tree of the…

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