Russian Circles

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Russian Circles
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Russian Circles (left to right): Mike Sullivan, Dave Turncrantz, Brian Cook
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Instrumental rock, post-metal, post-rock
Years active 2004–present
Labels Flameshovel, Sargent House, Suicide Squeeze
Associated acts Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, Riddle of Steel
Members Mike Sullivan
Dave Turncrantz
Brian Cook
Past members Colin DeKuiper
Live in Madrid 2015
Live in Madrid 2015

Russian Circles is an American three piece instrumental rock/metal band from Chicago. Mostly headlining now, in their earlier days they toured with Boris, Isis, Red Sparowes, Minus the Bear, Daughters, Coheed & Cambria, Mono, and Pelican as well as appearances at the 2006 SXSW, and 2009's Bonnaroo.[1] They were also the opening band for Tool while playing their first tour in the United Kingdom in 2007. Their name is taken from a drill exercise used in the game of ice hockey.


Formed in late 2004 by guitarist Mike Sullivan and bassist Colin DeKuiper (both formerly of instrumental band Dakota/Dakota), they quickly recruited drummer Dave Turncrantz, formerly of St. Louis band Riddle of Steel.

In the autumn of 2007, it was announced that the band had parted ways with Colin DeKuiper. As a result, the bass tracks on their second album, titled Station, were handled by ex-Botch/These Arms Are Snakes bass player Brian Cook, who then joined the band permanently.[2] The group's third full-length, Geneva, was released on October 20, 2009 and reached No. 24 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[3]

In 2011, Russian Circles signed to Sargent House who had previously only exclusively released the band's albums on limited edition vinyl. Their fourth studio album Empros was released on October 25, 2011. A supporting tour with Deafheaven followed the release.[4] In May, 2013 the group began recording their fifth studio album, produced by Brandon Curtis.[5] Memorial was released at the end of October 2013 and featured a guest-vocal by Chelsea Wolfe.[6] Together they embarked on a co-headlining UK/European tour in the fall.[7]


When performing live, the band is noted for being able to replicate and even expand upon their recorded material through Sullivan and Cook's use of sampling, extensive array of effects pedals and loop pedals to build layers of sound.[8]




  • Russian Circles EP – 2004 (self-released)

Singles and split releases[edit]


  1. ^ Artist Biography by MacKenzie Wilson. "Russian Circles | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Russian Circles signs w/ Suicide Squeeze | News". Lambgoat. 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  3. ^ "Russian Circles - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  4. ^ Kraus, Brian (October 8, 2011). "Deafhaven announce tour with Russian Circles". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Russian Circles Begin Recording of LP 5 at Electrical Audio in Chicago". May 13, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jon Blistein (2013-09-13). "Stream Russian Circles' 'Memorial,' Featuring Chelsea Wolfe | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  7. ^ "Russian Circles & Chelsea Wolfe Tour Selling out Get Tickets in Advance | Sargent House Europe". Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  8. ^ [1] Archived October 6, 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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