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 266: Craft VoidGuilty admission: as... 



Every Record I Own - Day 266: Craft Void

Guilty admission: as much as I like heavy metal and writing about music, I don’t actually enjoy writing about heavy metal. I’ve been lumbering around the apartment all morning trying to think of something interesting to say about the fourth album by Swedish black metallurgists Craft, and while I love this record and consider it to be a prime example of black metal artists staying true to their primitive, caustic roots while progressing musically, I’m drawing a blank…

Read more

Every Record I Own - Day 265: Craft Fuck the UniverseI’m... 



Every Record I Own - Day 265: Craft Fuck the Universe

I’m hard-pressed to think of an album that gets talked about more in the Russian Circles camp than Craft’s Fuck the Universe. At this point the elusive Swedish black metal band’s third album is almost as old as our band, and it’s been a constant inspiration on the bleaker, heavier side of our music. While a lot of classic black metal is revered for its washes of treble-bleached guitar, blazing tempos, and grimm lo-fi aesthetics, Craft excel at actual…

Read more

Every Record I Own - Day 264: Cosmic Jokers Galactic... 



Every Record I Own - Day 264: Cosmic Jokers Galactic Supermarket

This is one of those supposed “lost krautrock treasures” that’s received a vinyl reissue in recent years. The funny thing about Cosmic Jokers is that they weren’t a real band—their five “albums” all stemmed from some spontaneous recording sessions instigated by Ohr label honcho Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser. Legend has it that Kaiser had a bunch of acid, invited dudes from Ash Ra Temple and Wallenstein to a studio to hang out and party, and then hit…

Read more

Hi Brian! I just want to know how hard was it for you to write parts and recore for Love in Shadow, compared to What One Becomes and The Deal. Are you comfortable performing 20+ minute songs? Thanks! 

Each record gets a little easier, partially because I’ve learned to wrap my head around the way Aaron writes, but also because we spend more time rehearsing the songs as a full band, as opposed to The Deal where I hadn’t even met Nick when I tracked my bass overdubs. And while all of our albums have unstructured improvised moments, Love in Shadow has more of the free-form jamming like the ones that made up the entirety of our collaboration with Keiji Haino. The songs are long but there’s a lot of breathing…

Read more

Every Record I Own - Day 263: Corrupted Paso InferiorPaso... 



Every Record I Own - Day 263: Corrupted Paso Inferior

Paso Inferior is the first full-length album by Japanese doom / sludge / experimental outfit Corrupted. Originally released in 1997 as one track on CD, this vinyl version is actually a 2002 re-recording of the material reconfigured to fit within the format’s time limitations. It’s still basically one song, though the material on Side A fits more snugly into the tortured-slow-heavy realm while Side B is more in the ambient instrumental world.

If memory…

Read more