The proverbial wind that is always gusting from Chicago never seems to cease but in terms of its most promising musical exports, that breeze proves to be a piercing and chilling gale of heaving guitars and spacey resonance.
Formed in the Windy City in 2004, Russian Circles were born and from the beginning it was their concoction of metal trimmings, minimal jazz primers, and cryptic riffs that hit the scene out of nowhere with the pummeling impact of a rouge comet crashing in from the skies. Their music weaves up an intense and cinematic albeit soothing clobbering that cannot be put into words but instead into forms of audible head trips that defies pigeonholing. Â“There is so much categorization out thereÂ” notes guitarist Mike Sullivan.Â“I think our sound is just too broad to be labeled as any sort of sub-genreÂ”. Their self titled and self released EP from 2005 sold out shortly after their initial pressings. It wasnÂ’t long before their 2006 debut long player, Enter, dropped with a booming impact and saw them sharing the stage with the likes of Tool, Dalek, Daughters and Pelican Aside from their coinciding performance at that yearÂ’s annual South by Southwest industry showcase, which managed to drop jaws all over the Live Music Capital of the World, Russian Circles have managed to progress forward with a newfangled approach toward their live performances. Their lumbering layers of chiseled post rock and feathery psychedelic infusions have both revved and enticed the listeners into mental orgasms the world over.
Station, was recorded at SeattleÂ’s Studio Litho with producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Minus the Bear and Isis.) When asked about the recording process Sullivan cites Bayles as a driving force behind the albumÂ’s precise synergy. Â“HeÂ’s intense in the studio but in a good wayÂ”. Joining Sullivan and Dave Turncrantz (Drums) on the recording was These Arms are Snakes/ Botch bassist Brian Cook with Morgan Henderson of The Blood Brothersalso lending his skills on double bass to the track Â“Xavii.Â”
If one aspect remained a summit that the band had scaled, it was making sure that the sequencing was spot on to give Station an Â“album feelÂ” making it suitable for a cohesive listen from beginning to end. While Russian Circles are picking up where they left off with Enter, Station is guaranteed to be a new passage for a band already known for paving their own unique paths of sonic tundraÂ’s that jolt the mind and body and will not only leave itÂ’s mark on 2008 but on the future influence of music as a whole.
What people have been saying about the band:
Indie instrumental rock builds orchestral melodic passages into bombastic climaxes, laden with crashing cymbals and feedback. The release should be your soundtrack when you’re deep in thought. The music is huge, and it’s hard not to think big as a result. -Men’s Health
Russian Circles could have made things a lot easier on themselves. They could have followed in the footsteps of 2006’s Enter and made a predictable instru-metal album that would cause fans of bands like Pelican and Isis to cream their jeans. Instead, the Chicago act have crafted an extremely diverse album that tempers headband-worthy rock riffs with shimmering guitar lines, setting Russian Circles apart from their peers. – Alternative Press Magazine
Chicago’s Russian Circles purvey a kind of nÃ¼ arena rock that takes all that “tasty” ’70s twin-lead-guitar huffapuffa (clean in one channel, riffarama-mama woolly mammoth in the other) and the stretches stuff out, way out, into long-ass tales from the creepy crypt that go through innumerable changes in direction and tone.- LA Weekly
A sprawling mural painted in circular guitar riffs, concussive polyrhythms and lengthy melodic tangles. – The Fader
Musically I have no comparison for it, that would be too easy but in ideology they are there with Neurosis, Tool, The Swans, Genghis Tron, Pelican, Jesu, Isis and bands that construct whole albums that need to be heard from first song to last and that allow you enough freedom to post your own emotional identity on what they do. -Iann Robinson/NoneLouder.com
Russian Circles Live!
w/ Coheed and Cambria and Secret Machines!
Jul 27 2008 San Diego, CA – Viejas – Concerts in the Park (without Secret Machines)
Jul 28 2008 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
Jul 29 2008 El Paso, TX – Club 101
Jul 30 2008 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Aug 1 2008 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Aug 3 2008 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
Aug 5 2008 Jacksonville, FL – Plush
Aug 6 2008 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Aug 7 2008 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
Aug 8 2008 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
Aug 9 2008 North Myrtle Beach, NC – House of Blues (without Secret Machines)