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

Hey Brian, I absolutely love your gear and sound and have for a long time. I was wondering though, if you could only use gear that you have never primarily used on tour or owned, what would you use? (W 

That’s a tough call. I’m generally of the opinion that you can make pretty much any gear sound awesome, but it can be very difficult to replicate a specific sound if you’re swapping out all the principle components. So if I was being asked to rebuild a rig for SUMAC or RC, I wouldn’t want to stray far from my current set-up. I also just generally don’t feel inspired by the overwhelming majority of mass-produced instruments. There is nothing more depressing than the Rumble Room at Guitar Center.

So what would…

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Are you into any rap/hip-hop? And if so, who do you listen to? 

There isn’t a lot of rap/hip-hop in my record collection. A lot of hip-hop falls under a category i refer to as Doritos music, a.k.a. stuff that’s fun to listen to when other people share it but something I rarely enjoy all by myself.

I have a few Dälek albums, Niki Minaj’s Roman Reloaded LP, Lil Kim’s Notorious KIM LP, Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d City LP, the Snoop Lion LP, and a few assorted 7″ and 12″ singles. So there’s not much in my physical collection. On tour, Danny Brown, Vince Staples, Yeezu

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Hi man! I would love to hear you talk about the gay community in the heavy music scene? Perhaps this question is a little open ended... I suppose your experiences and thoughts? 

My interest in non-mainstream music began right about the time I started wondering about my sexual orientation. My friends wanted to go to the mall to look at girls. I wanted to go to the record store and buy tapes by Pixies, REM, and Camper Van Beethoven. Alternative music and skateboarding led me to punk stuff like Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, and Minutemen. I didn’t care much for metal in my early teen years, though I liked Helmet, Sepultura, Napalm Death, and Pantera because they all seemed to have a…

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