After a string of separate shows and festival dates across Europe, Russian Circles and Wovenhand united in London for a special show together at the London venue Scala. Photographer Nick Sayers was there and captured both sets.
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RUSSIAN CIRCLES EU/UK SHOWS
June 18 - Munich, DE @ Feierwerk
June 19 - Düdingen, CH @ Bad Bonn
June 21 - Clisson, FR @ Hellfest Open Air Festival
June 23 - London, UK @ Scala w/ Wovenhand
June 25 - Dublin, IE @ Hangar
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“Chicago trio blows minds without muttering a single word”
As the Crossrail development in Tottenham Court Road has all but decimated central London’s live music scene, bands have been forced to look further afield for suitable venues. A newly refurbished, Grade II listed building on Islington’s Upper Street is fast gaining a reputation for becoming the mid-sized venue in the capital. With its modest art deco interior and stunning sound system, it’s the perfect setting for the Illinois instrumental trio’s headline show.Read more
Andrea Petrovicova is a Prague photographer whose work is mind-melting and otherworldly. When I look...
Andrea Petrovicova is a Prague photographer whose work is mind-melting and otherworldly. When I look at her pictures, I lose myself in them only to find a new part of my imagination. Check out this killer photo essay featuring her most recent pictures of Helms Alee and Russian Circles performing in Prague…Stay tuned for more work by Andrea Petrovicova on CVLT Nation.Read more
As quietly unassuming as Brian Cook is in person or over the phone, the bassist has spent the last decade playing to the deafening other end of the spectrum, whether with the hugely influential Botch or These Arms Are Snakes, or in his current and longstanding role in instrumental metal band Russian Circles. Cook’s talents aren’t limited to the stage, either. Alongside his musical work, he’s written for various publications as well as his own personal blog. Cook’s distinctiveness as a musician draws primarily from an exploration of textures and an instinct for restraint over flippant composition. It’s a characteristic that in many ways mirrors the kind of contemplative nature he exudes in conversation. I recently spoke with Brian to talk about the non-metal music he’s always found himself returning to and why narratives make all things better.Read more
An exhaustive introduction is not quite needed when the subject is Russian Circles. Let’s just say they’ve kept instrumental heavy music alluring enough to the point of having now a reliable and growing fanbase, particularly when it comes to Europe. Far from hunkering down behind what they’ve already achieved through five exalted records -“Station” or “Memorial” being discographical pinnacles -, the Chicago folks keep pushing forward and do not flatter themselvs aimlessly. What lies next is a European tour along with their Sargent House mates Helms Alee, which will have a Portuguese gig - April 16th, Lisbon - and a special stop at Roadburn 2015. We’ve chatted with bassist Brian Cook about it. But not only.
Time does move fast. And I find particularly curious that some press sources are starting to call Russian Circles «veterans». After being active for more than a decade, is the word veteran comfortable to you? Is aging, as a band, somehow scary?
I’m comfortable with aging. There are downsides, I suppose. Specifically, I’ve found that the longer I play music, the more prone I’ve become to wondering how our current work relates to things we’ve done in the past. I don’t worry so much about whether it’s as good, because I think whatever we’re working on at the time will be more artistically relevant to us, and will consequently be more favorable to our ears than our older material. But I am aware of the audience, and I’m aware that as a veteran, there is a lot of expectation. Different contingents of our audience expect a different ratio of the familiar to the new. Being aware of those expectations doesn’t change the way we write music, but it hovers in the back of my mind when we have to do things like write up a setlist. In that sense, it’s more liberating to be a new unknown artist, because there is no expectation. Whatever you do is occurring on a blank slate. There is a certain luxury in that. But ultimately I really like having a body of work beneath our belt. I feel like there is a certain artistic freedom that also comes from having an extensive back catalog. People are more willing to stay with you through your artistic risks, even if it’s outside of their comfort zone.Read more
Dave took some time out to talk drums with Ludwig for “Behind the Beat” before playing a sold out show in Chicago at The Metro in January 2015.
Russian Circles European tour starting March 31st with Helms Alee
as support on all shows.
RUSSIAN CIRCLES // HELMS ALEE 2015
Mar 31 Vienna,(AT) @ Arena Vienna
Apr 01 Padova,(IT) @ Circolo Mame
Apr 02 Rome,(IT) @ INIT club
Apr 03 Milan,(IT) @ Lo Fi Club
Apr 04 Inssbruck,(AT) @ Platform Mobile Kulturinitiativen
Apr 05 Ljubljana,(SI) @ Kino Siska
Apr 07 Prague,(CZ) @ Podnik
Apr 08 Leipzig,(DE) @ UT Connewitz e.V.
Apr 09 Tilburg,(NL) @ 013 - Roadburn Festival
Apr 10 Paris, (FR) @ La Maroquinerie
Apr 11 Karlsruhe, (DE) @ Dudefest @ Jubez
Apr 12 Zürich,(CH) @ Rote Fabrik
Apr 14 Barcelona,(ES) @ Bikini
Apr 15 Madrid,(ES) @ Joy Eslava
Apr 16 Lisbon,(PT) @ RCA Club
Apr 17 Santiago De Compostela,(ES) @ Sala Capitol
Apr 18 Durango, (ES) @ Wombat Fest
Apr 21 London, (UK) @ Islington Assembly Hall
Apr 22 Bristol, (UK) @ The Fleece
Apr 23 Leeds, (UK) @ Brudenell Social Club
Apr 24 Tourcoing, (FR) @ Le Grand Mix
Apr 25 Esch-Alzette,(LU) @ Out of the Crowd Festival
Apr 26 Brussels, (BE) @ AB Box
Apr 28 Copenhagen, (DK) @ Copenhagen Jazzhouse
Apr 29 Hamburg, (DE) @ LOGO
Apr 30 Groningen, (NL) @ Vera
May 01 Dortmund, (DE) @ F Z W
May 02 Berlin, (DE) @ Lido
May 03 Wroclaw, (PL) @ Asymmetry Festival
May 15 Santa Ana, CA @ Pyscho Fest @ The Observatory