From the moment they stepped out of their multiple Uhauls, fresh off a half-completed US tour, it was clear how seasoned the men in Russian Circles were to the rigorous load-in load-out process. It was still warm in Chicago, despite it being October. Maybe it was the weather, or maybe the fact they weren’t loading into a venue, but the cheerful nature of this band was palpable. It felt odd, in a way, to hear a band that is known for being instrumental, be so vocal. Their guitarist, Mike Sullivan, was quick to share tour stories, talk about gear, and crack jokes that invigorated his band and the room. The humans behind this loud, heavy, powerful music turned out to be (in many ways) total goofballs.
During soundcheck, the amplification literally shook the studio. It’s difficult to translate how loud this band actually is without standing directly in the room. What was most impressive was their precision without the use of a click-track—a common tactic for louder bands—how clear it was that this band were masterful at listening to themselves and each other simultaneously. One breathing unit in harmony with itself.
To be this seasoned, have nearly 20 years in the game, and still be able to push the bar with this repetitive loud rock music is a feat. There’s a lot of derivative that has stemmed from this band’s sound, and a lot of new sounds that have been inspired by it. Russian Circles continues to be the force to be reckoned with in post-metal, and demonstrates exactly what it takes to stay in and be the absolute best band they can be.
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RUSSIAN CIRCLES & CULT OF LUNA
CO-HEADLINE TOUR 2023
+ Svalbard supporting
March 17 Copenhagen, DK - Store Vega
March 18 Berlin, DE - Huxleys (SOLD-OUT)
March 19 Wiesbaden, DE - Schlachthof
March 20 Utrecht, NL - Tivoli Ronda
March 21 Brussels, BE - AB (SOLD-OUT)
March 22 Paris, FR - Olympia
March 23 Stuttgart, DE - Wizemann
March 24 Lausanne, CH - Les Docks
March 25 Ljubljana, SI - Kino Siska
March 27 Vienna, AT - Arena
March 28 Munich, DE - Muffathalle
March 29 Prague, CZ - Roxy
March 30 Krakow, PL - Studio
March 31 Warsaw, PL - Progresja
August 14 London, UK - Heaven
August 15 Newcastle, UK - University
August 16 Manchester, UK - Band On The Wall
August 17 Bristol, UK - Arctangent festival
EU FESTIVALS 2023:
August 3 Poolbar festival Feldkirch (AT)
August 5 Krach Am Bach festival - Beelen (DE)
August 9 Brutal Assault - Jaromer (CZ)
August 13 Alcatraz Festival - Kortrijk (BE)
August 19 Motocultor Festival 2023 - Carhaix-Plouguer (FR)