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 211: Assassin Interstellar ExperienceI... 

Every Record I Own - Day 211: Assassin Interstellar Experience

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Every Record I Own - Day 210: Amon Düül II YetiAmon Düül II are... 

Every Record I Own - Day 210: Amon Düül II Yeti

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Every Record I Own - Day 209: Cannibal Corpse Red Before... 

Every Record I Own - Day 209: Cannibal Corpse Red Before Black

When my dad got stationed in Oahu back in ‘82, the only person he knew on the island was his childhood friend from Des Moines, Iowa. For the next ten years, every holiday and nearly every weekend involved a trip out to Aikahi to visit the Masons. Their son Matt and I were close friends throughout grade school years, but we began to drift apart in our teenage years. Part of that divide might have been because of our music. Matt was really into the…

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