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You Indie Feature Interview: Brian Cook of Russian Circles
When I found out that Russian Circles would be making two Ohio stops on their Fall tour with Young Widows and Deafheaven I knew that I had to track the band down. These instrumental prog metal maestros have delivered one of the most exciting albums of 2011, Empros via Sargent House. Produced by Brandon Curtis of Secret Machines, Empros finds the band showing off a more raw and visceral Russian Circles than ever before.
During the process of tracking down the band, I received an e-mail from the band’s publicist, who turned out to be an old acquaintance – Dave Clifford (of VSS, Pleasure Forever and Red Sparowes), who I’d met years ago at Speak in Tongues in Cleveland and then again in Athens when he was pounding the skins for The Vanity Set.
If a little blast from the past wasn’t enough to put wind in my sails, when the interview questions came back, I discovered that Brian Cook was incredibly considerate and conscientious about answering our queries. But, it is no surprise that Cook is such a standup dude – Daytonians will recognize Cook from his time with Dayton expatriate Chris Common filling out the rhythm section in These Arms Are Snakes (Jade Tree, Suicide Squeeze). He also provided bass duties for Dayton’s Mouth of the Architect on 2006’s The Ties That Bind (Translation Loss).
In any event, Cook was kind enough to answer questions about the new record, the band’s move to Sargent House, our common friend Chris Common, and to tell us why he’s scared of Dayton. Here’s what he had to say…