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 44: Avail Over the JamesAny band that’s... 

Every Record I Own - Day 44: Avail Over the James

Any band that’s toured Europe has encountered “German honesty” (also sometimes referred to as “German compliments” or “German opinions”). It’s always delivered by a very well-meaning and very polite German fan and typically follows after some sort of positive statement. Like, a guy from a concert in Karlsruhe will wait for an hour while you break down your gear and load the van, then will come up with a stack of records he bought at the merch table that he’d…

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Every Record I Own - Day 43: Avail 4AM FridayYesterday I... 

Every Record I Own - Day 43: Avail 4AM Friday

Yesterday I conceded that Dixie was probably Avail’s best record. But best doesn’t mean favorite. For me, 4AM Friday is the album I most often turn to when I want to listen to Avail. A lot of that is probably due to my memories with the record: I remember hearing a few songs in advance at the local record store, buying my copy the day it came out, listening to it over and over again in anticipation of their first Seattle show, cramming in to a tiny packed theater…

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Every Record I Own - Day 42: Avail DixieMy first tattoo at the... 

Every Record I Own - Day 42: Avail Dixie

My first tattoo at the age of 18 was the little stick figure drawing on the cover of this record. It wasn’t because Dixie was my favorite album or Avail was my favorite band, I just liked what the band represented in terms of music, subculture, and community, and this seemed like a more subtle choice than Black Flag bars or a Minor Threat black sheep.

Prior to yesterday, it had been a long time since I listened to Dixie. This was the first Avail record I owned, and…

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Every Record I Own - Day 41: Avail SatiateAre y’all ready for... 

Every Record I Own - Day 41: Avail Satiate

Are y’all ready for six days of Avail albums? This will be a good warm-up for when we get to Boris (17 days), Can (14), and Popol Vuh (13).

For the uninitiated, Avail were a melodic hardcore band with hints of Southern folk and country that came out of Richmond, Virginia and were active from the early ‘90s to the early ‘00s. They started off as poster children for the ‘90s DIY hardcore scene, but eventually signed to pop-punk stalwarts Lookout! and Fat Wreck Chords…

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