We find Mike Sullivan with a new amp approach and a plethora of pedals on the instrumentalists UK tour.
As the guitarist in an instrumental three-piece, Mike Sullivan’s tone has to deliver a huge but nuanced sound to be his voice in Russian Circles.
His quest to refine his heavy tones while retaining the cleaner chime and layers of looping required to produce the band’s intricate and emotive compositions has meant a rig always up for revision with three amps and a meaty pedalboard platter in play. But his ongoing recovery from a car accident last year also brought about some necessary changes in terms of guitar choices, too…
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Nov 10 Berlin, DE @ Berlin Huxley
Nov 11 Warsaw, PL @ Progresja
Nov 13 Vienna, AT @ Arena
Nov 14 Herford, DE @ X
Nov 15 Brussels, BE @ AB
Nov 17 Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
Nov 19 Stockholm, SE @ Munchenbrewery
Nov 20 Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
Nov 22 Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA Main Hall
Nov 23 Leipzig, DE @ Haus Auensee
Nov 24 Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music Bar
Nov 25 Munich, DE @ Tonhalle
Nov 27 Milan, IT @ Live Club
Nov 28 Zurich, CH @ Komplex
Nov 29 Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre
Nov 30 Luxembourg, LU @ Rockhal Club
Dec 02 Cardiff, UK @ Great Hall
Dec 04 Wolverhampton, UK @ Civic Hall
Dec 05 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Dec 06 Newcastle, UK @ Northumbria University
Dec 07 Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
Dec 09 Manchester, UK @ Academy
Dec 10 London, UK @ Brixton Academy
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6/14 Guadalajara, MX
6/15 Mexico City, MX
8/17 Bristol, UK @ ArkTanGent Festival
MASTODON / EAGLES OF DEATH METAL / RUSSIAN CIRCLES 2017
9/26 Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
9/27 Charleston, SC @ Performance Arts Center
9/29 Knoxville, TN @ Civic Auditorium
10/3 Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
10/4 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/6 Atlanta, GA @ The Fox Theater
10/9 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/10 Rochester, NY @ The Armory
10/11 Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
10/13 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom (no EODM)
10/14 San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
10/17 Albuquerque, NM @ Historic El Rey Theater
10/19 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/23 Boise, ID @ Revolution Center
10/24 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
10/25 Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
Russian Circles is visually and sonically unparallelled. Mike Sullivan, Dave Turncrantz and Brian Cook walked onto a dark stage and began playing. They occasionally sipped local Alabama IPA, but never spoke. When they played the last note of “Deficit,” they simply waved and exited. The trio needed nothing more than their respective instruments to be breathtaking; their lack of vocals was entirely unnoticeable as Sullivan’s riffs, Turncrantz’ pummeling drums and Cook’s heart-palpitating bass playing wove an emotional rising and falling tale. Every Russian Circles song is massive, dramatic and captivating–this was multiplied tenfold in the band’s presence. There are few experiences comparable to that of standing eyes-closed in front of the Chicago trio and allowing the influence of sound to take over every movement.
Full article HERE
We’re humbled by the kind words of comedian Bill Burr on his 4/20 episode of Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast.
Listen to the full episode HERE. (43:40 for RC shoutout)
Sonically, Russian Circles, Eagles of Death Metal and Mastodon share little with one another. But Monday night at the Fillmore Auditorium, the three bands found common ground with a crowd of earnest, hungry music fans who greeted all three acts with enthusiasm
Chicago’s Russian Circles, the least well-known of the performers, opened with the strongest set. While compared to other instrumental acts like Red Sparowes and Explosions in the Sky, Russian Circles set themselves apart by composing abstract, dense and challenging pieces. As a three-piece, the burden of re-creating the group’s recorded sound live relies heavily on guitarist Mike Sullivan, who loops riffs through amps and pedals, creating texture, dynamics and volume generally reserved for bands with double Russian Circles’ members. Playing songs largely from 2016’s Guidance, Russian Circles played a tight and cohesive set, thanks in large part to the rhythm section – drummer Dave Turncrantz and bassist Brian Cook. Turncrantz, who always hits hard and accurately, sealed his reputation as one of the most talented and unique drummers playing heavy music.
Full list of Russian Circles dates here.