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

what gauge strings do you use to tune to drop A/A#. I've heard you say in some interviews, that you tune to a certain tuning and just use an octave pedal to get the desired tuning. is that something yo 

i play Ernie Balls. 50, 70, 85, and 125. Top three strings are standard. Low string fluctuates between G#, A, and A# depending on the song. Aaron’s tunings are all over the place, so i just use the octave pedal if he hits, like, a low F somewhere in a song and i don’t wanna tune down my 85.

(Part 1/2) Hey Brian, I'm a big fan of your music, just saw you recently in Boston w/ Sumac, great show! I was wondering if you have any advice for trying to make a living playing music. I know that's  

thanks for the kind words.

I don’t know if i really have any advice regarding making a living playing music. My circumstances are… well, circumstantial. I started playing in hardcore bands when I was 16. I put out my first record and went on my first tour when I was 18. It was 1996 and gas was less than a dollar a gallon. We would play houses, basements, community centers. We didn’t have a guarantee and we rarely made more than $50 off the door. We screened our own shirts and sold $3 7″s. And somehow we’d…

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Hey Brian. I was wondering if there's any chance of you guys bringing back some old songs to the live show that haven't been played in awhile. I'm thinking back to the 2010/2011 shows... songs like At 

i’d love to bring back all of those songs. i’d also love to play Verses again. but it’s hard to fit those deep cuts into a setlist when we’re also trying to play new songs and old favorites and not play for, like, two hours. but who knows… those songs could reappear at some point.