Russian Circles & Botch, sittin’ in a tree… … Lots of changes in the instru-metal world of Chicago’s Russian Circles: First and foremost, they’ve signed to Seattle label Suicide Squeeze, home of Minus the Bear, Page France, and fellow Chicagoans Chin Up Chin Up.
The signing is accompanied by a KGB-like flurry of personnel changes as well. While drummer Dave Turncrantz and guitarist Mike Sullivan remain in the band, they have parted ways with bassist Colin DeKupier. In his stead, they have recruited former Botch/current These Arms Are Snakes bassist Brian Cook for recording purposes, though he is not a full-time member of the band.
Another Botch associate, producer Matt Bayles (also producer for Mastodon and Minus the Bear), will help RC record their follow-up to last year’s Enter in December. The album is tentatively planned for a spring or summer release on their new label.
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.
There are a lot of albums due this year that I’m excited about so I won’t throw “Album Of The Year” out just yet. It is nice to have something in the running this early in the year though.