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Bass Ramblings and other Thoughts: An Interview with Brian Cook of Russian Circles
Russian Circles have been a mainstay on the instrumental rock scene for around 9 years, touring their sprawling, almost filmic, compositions.
Brian Cook anchors the band with his muscular, over-driven bass tone, often stepping out and exploring other roles within the music afforded to him by his heavy use of effects, sampling & looping.
Brian has kindly taken time to answer some questions about the band, his bass sound & the difficulty (or ease?) of instrumental music.
Geek Music Band Profile: Crypts & Interview with Steve Snere
I’m not going to lie. When I first heard that Steve Snere, the vocalist of two of my favorite bands of all time, had formed a new electronic band, I groaned. In Kill Sadie and These Arms Are Snakes, Snere played a role in creating some terrific post-hardcore albums, so I expected the worse.
However, his new project Crypts (with Nick Bartoletti and Bryce Brown) absolutely shreds. A harrowing jaunt into Snere’s dark world, the self-titled Crypts comes out today on Sargent House. I caught up with the Seattle-based Snere via email for the following interview.
Geek: Crypts is a bit of a departure from These Arms are Snakes and Kill Sadie in terms of sound. Can you talk about what led you toward electronics?
Steve Snere: I have been playing in loud rock bands since I was 15. At the end of Snakes I knew I needed a change. In fact I think all the guys needed a change, which was a lot to do with us putting the brakes on the group. I either wanted to do something a bit more garage-y and loose or I wanted to do something more in the vein of Suicide. I guess it went more Suicide. It has been very liberating to work in the electronic realm because it gives me a lot more hands-on musical input then the guitar-based groups I have been in. I play drums but I have never been too good at melodic instruments such as the guitar I have tried. I have always had a large influence on all my bands with ideas, mood and structure and whatnot, but now I get to have the same input but directly affect the song with noise, samples and synths.
SPIN Premiere: Crypts’ Completely Fucked
Bubbling up from witch house’s crustiest cauldron come Crypts, a new project from ex-These Arms Are Snakes front-yelper Steve Snere. It’s easy to compare it to contemporary chapel-haunters like Salem or darkwave revisionists like Cold Cave thanks to the booming 808s, syrupy Houston slow rides and googaze synths. But Snere’s hardcore-fueled screeching of bloody murder makes this thing closer to “Stigmata”-era Ministry if it were shaking bloody paws with the creepier corners of 4AD. This is ultimately a punk record if Ian MacKaye was seeing purple instead of red. Don’t believe us? Hear the blistering opening track, “Completely Fucked” below, a two-minute tantrum of sultry “Moments in Love” synths meet a pile-up of gabber snares and rubbed-raw screams. CHELSEA WOLFE & CRYPTS
09/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
09/09 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza CD Release Show also w/ Stickers
09/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
09/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo also w/ Gothic Tropic
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ GROUP & CRYPTS
Oct 20, 2012 - Portland, OR @ Star Theater
Oct 23, 2012 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
Oct 24, 2012 - Oakland, CA @ The New Parish
Oct 25, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour - SOLD OUT
Oct 26, 2012 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Oct 27, 2012 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
Oct 28, 2012 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
COS Premiere: Crypts “Territories” Debut Album and Shows with Chelsea Wolfe in September
Back in 2009, Seattle’s post-hardcore outfit These Arms Are Snakes put the kibosh on their seven-year run. In the aftermath, vocalist Steve Snere was looking for a different musical enterprise. “I needed a change of pace… to take myself out of the guitar-based rock world, he explains. Joining forces with programmer Bryce Brown and visual artist Nick Bartoletti, the trio formed Crypts, setting out to “experiment to find a sound we wanted to hear.” The dark electronic sound the three mad scientist concocted will be revealed to the world with the September 4th release of their self-titled debut via Sargent House.
As an early taste of what these boys from the Emerald City have in store, take a listen to “Territories”. Pulsating synths ripple over an eerie haze, while pounding subsonic bass keeps the rhythm for choppy, syncopated snare snaps and skittering claps. It’s a foreboding yet enticing mix, like the mist beckoning a horror film’s hapless heroine into the forest. The clearing in the forest here is the chorus, a barrage of gloom-pop color with Snere’s voice howling out as the synths swell and burst. Check it out below.For the band’s full effect, catch them on tour, where Bartoletti’s role gets fully realized as he creates a live video and light show to sync with the band’s music. As previously reported, they’re heading out on the road with Chelsea Wolfe in September. See those dates underneath the Crypts tracklist ahead. - by Ben Kaye
Crypts 2012 Tour Dates:
09/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore *
09/09 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
09/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop *
09/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
* = w/ Chelsea Wolfe
AU Magazine Listen: Crypts – ‘Fancy’
Advance warning on a seriously dark new band and album from ex-These Arms Are Snakes vocalist Steve Snere. Crypts, completed by programmer Bryce Brown and visual artist Nick Bartoletti, release their self-titled debut on September 4 via Sargent House with the video for ‘Fancy’ available to check out below.
Recorded in Seattle with producer Erik Blood (the man behind Shabazz Palaces’ 2011 album Black Up), Crypts mixes weighty bass drones, chopped hip-hop and oppressive electronica which is as visceral as the early punk from which Snere takes his cues. Keep up over on the official website.
July 20 - Seattle, WA @ The Capital Hill Block Party
Sept 8 - Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret w/ Chelsea Wolfe
Sept 9 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza w/ Chelsea Wolfe
Sept 12 -San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Chelsea Wolfe
Sept 14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ Chelsea Wolfe & Gothic Tropic
Crypts Sign To Sargent House / Steve Snere Comes home Again
“Seattle’s noise mavenesque / EMP band of the year Crypts has signed with LA-based Sargent House Records and management. A self-titled, Erik Blood-produced album will be released some time in the fall. Also on the Sargent House roster are Russian Circles, Chelsea Wolfe, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Deafheaven, Boris, and Zach Hill & Hella. For their upcoming release, Crypts have completely changed their sound. The album is going to be comprised completely of Sonny & Cher covers, in the form of “dubstep waltzes.” Crypts just want to make happy music now, and pay homage to their strong Christian faith. (And I am completely making that up.) ” - Trent Moorman for Line Out
Well the cat has been let out of the bag, so much for surprises! I am so happy to have Steve Snere and his new group Crypts join the house. Steve’s former band These Arms Are Snakes were the second band ever to join me at Sargent House back in 2006. Our fateful meeting at the Troubadour that dark and drunken night where they thought I was just some crazy woman when I said I wanted to help their band…. Only Steve believed, it took a while for the others to come on board. I’ve missed him so much, so I’m delighted to be part of his life again and to have him, Bryce and Nick join the party over here. You will be hearing a bunch about them in the coming weeks as we plan for the launch of their self-titled debut album and plan to put them out on the road to tour their crazy show across this great land. Welcome home baby. I missed you. XO / CP/ SH
Brian Cook Answers 5 Questions for 1,000 Knives
Interview by 1000 Knives
1. The new title of the record translates to “moving on/forward” can you elaborate why?
Even after 15 years of touring with bands, I’m still learning how to deal with the inertia of spending half the year constantly on the move And the other half of the year in total stasis. It can fuck with your head. Even worse is feeling stuck and immobile in a situation when you should be in transit. for example, being at the very end of a 7 week tour and getting stuck in Greece for an additional week when the Icelandic volcano erupted and the European air space was shut down. or getting your van totaled in Louisiana in the wake of the gulf oil leak, at which point BP had seized every available van in the area to shuttle the clean-up crews. the record isn’t actually about these specific experiences, but that feeling of static definitely seemed like a recurring theme over the last couple of years and it felt good to vent against it.
2. what are the lessons as a person and as a band from these experiences?
Always carry a good book with you. and insure your shit.
Happy Birthday Brian Cook
Today is a big Sargent House crew Birthday day. This one goes out to Brian Cook, who like Chase Ortega shares this day of birth and who joined my crazy house club in the earliest of days. I met Brian in 2006 at a These Arms Are Snakes show at the Troubadour. One minute into their set and I was hooked and became a fanatic. I convinced the ultimate in DIY bands to let me ‘try’ and manage them, as the word manager sent chills down all their punk as fuck backs immediately. Anyway, I think they came to realize I was the only crazy person they could trust in the position and hence our friendship and band mother relationship began. Now in Russian Circles he continues to blow my mind with his incredible musicianship and he’s a damn good laugh to eat tacos with at 4am. Much Love Bubbles and a very Happy Birthday to you. CP