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 261: Converge All We Love We Leave... 

Every Record I Own - Day 261: Converge All We Love We Leave Behind

I was slow on the draw with No Heroes and Axe to Fall, but I wasn’t going to be late to All We Love We Leave Behind. Unfortunately, the pressing plant was running behind on account of the infamous Beatles vinyl reissue fiasco, and so even though this album came out in October of 2012, I didn’t actually see a copy of the 2xLP in record stores until early 2013.

I’ve got weird hang-ups with music formats. By 2012 I had stopped buying CDs because…

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Every Record I Own - Day 260: Converge Axe to FallI quit These... 

Every Record I Own - Day 260: Converge Axe to Fall

I quit These Arms Are Snakes in the fall of 2009. I left because we’d received an offer to do a European tour with Converge supporting the release of Axe to Fall. We would be sharing a bus with them, which was going to kill any hopes of us breaking even financially, and I was the guy in the band with the credit card that typically bailed us out of fiscal disasters. More importantly, at this point a couple of members of my band were struggling with addiction…

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