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Three-piece instrumental group, Russian Circles, is a post-rock band based in the Windy City, that bills their sound as "a mix between Metallica and Pink Floyd." Their albums perfectly exemplify just how versatile and meaningful a rock band without a front man can be.
When it comes to their live shows, Russian Circles is regarded for their ability to duplicate and even expand on their recorded efforts. They are able to achieve this feat through Cook and Sullivan's sampling techniques.
Russian Circles is scheduled to play at Neumos in Seattle, Washington; Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California; Soda Bar in San Diego, California; and Metro in Chicago, Illinois. Keep tabs on all of the Russian Circles' upcoming live shows by signing up for event updates right here through StubHub.
Russian Circles Background
Hailing from Chicago, Russian Circles was established in 2004. Guitarist Mike Sullivan had planted roots in Chicago after leaving St. Louis to study at DePaul University. A follower of the Windy City's independent music scene, he established his own band, Dakota/Dakota. After the band's demise, he looked up his St. Louis pal, Dave Turncrantz. The pair joined forces to form Russian Circles.
"We practiced every day, holed up in our practice space, and friends like Pelican helped immensely by putting us in touch with booking agencies and playing shows with us," Sullivan said.
Like most bands, the bandmates took some not-so-desirable jobs along the way, which includedSullivan working as a store greeter. Initially, the band only set out to jam with a handful of bands they admired and enjoy a few brews. But things moved along for them and they were able to blow off their day jobs and challenge themselves to pushthe envelope when it came to their music.
"We're very hard on ourselves and each other. It's brutal. No one's afraid to say, 'That's not working, man.' I can work on a part for 18 hours and they can say it sounds like some band I can't stand. We move on. It's important to have that, and I'm grateful for it. It makes it harder, but it also makes the music better," Sullivan said.
Today, the band has five albums under their collective belts and continues to take stages across the nation.
Russian Circles Albums
Russian Circles' albums include Enter (2006); Station (2008); Geneva (2009); Empros (2011); and Memorial (2013).
Russian Circles Trivia
Russian Circles borrowed their name from a "training drill that Turncrantz and Sullivan remembered from their high school ice-hockey practices." Sullivan added that, "We needed a band name for our first show..." and the name held tight.
Russian Circles Concert Experience
Widely recognizedfor their high-octane live shows, which have included tours with Minus the Bear, Coheed & Cambria, Pelican, Boris, Daughters, Red Sparowes and Tool, Russian Circles have performed at big-name festivals like Bonnaroo and SXSW. Minus a vocalist,the Russian Circles manageto deliver an incredible, show-stopping performance.
"Most of the stuff is pretty doable live, as far as throwing a loop down and playing on top of it -- and in some cases a few loops. Nothing's too tricky, thankfully, and some previous songs will have a passage going that's a guitar loop of three of the same notes but different octaves in a rhythmic pattern and it's almost impossible to decipher what's happening once the drums and bass are going, so that kind of lends itself to getting off the beat and getting muddy. Thankfully, all the stuff on this record is kept pretty simple so it lends itself nicely to the looping ad kind of taking away the loop. Reintroducing it without there being any problems with time and whatnot. Nothing's too tricky at this point, but we'll see what happens when we go on tour," said guitarist Mike Sullivan.
Get ready to experience this authentic, post-rock band exploded onto the music scene a decade ago.The Russian Circles' music can hardly be depictedas rock music, they take the fundamentals of rock and twist them and toss in a variety of inspirations. Any fan who has been to a Russian Circles concert knows that their sound is something unmistakably unique.
Don't miss your chance to see them perform live! From their first album, it didn't take long before fans started discovering their innovative creations. While their music is enjoyable in recorded form, it is best enjoyed live on stage!
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