Underground legends Russian Circles have announced their return to Australian shores for the first time in five years, also celebrating fifteen years since their first ever show.
The post-metal innovators will bring their immensely heavy live show to Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane in late April. Known for their combination of epic walls of sound with technical dexterity and driving rhythms, their brooding compositions have earned them a loyal cult following that has seen them tour extensively worldwide since forming in the windy city of Chicago in 2004.
Fifteen years is a long time for any band to persevere, let along a band that mines the relatively unmarketable niche of instrumental gloom-rock. But Russian Circles’ continued growth and success owes a lot to their willingness to continue to expand their sound with a myriad of textures and structural changes. It is also down to their fortitude in the face of adversity – amongst life’s many challenges, none less than guitarist Mike Sullivan’s recovery from being the victim of a head-on car collision in 2016, suffering neck and spinal trauma. It’s a testament to the band’s strength that they have come back better than ever, with a seventh album on the way and live shows hailed as the best of their career.
Since their last visit in 2014, the post-metal innovators released what many consider to be their most accomplished record to date, Guidance (2016). Its cinematic majesty conjures a sonic vista that traverses a range of emotions. As Pitchfork noted “there’s an organic and unforced feel to the latest album…as if songs were allowed to grow wild rather than carefully cultivated.” Drummer Dave Turncrantz and bassist Brian Cook’s rhythmic drive and flair alongside Mike Sullivan’s impressive guitar work display a unique rapport built over a decade of touring, writing and recording together.
The band have also now announced the release of a career-spanning live set recorded at Belgium’s Dunk Festival, which will be made available in Australia for the first time on vinyl. Drawing from several albums’ worth of material, the trio’s powerful sonic assault, arpeggio tectonics and wash of emotive soundscapes is captured on record beautifully at a landmark performance.
Russian Circles will be joined at all shows on this tour by Australian instrumental group We Lost the Sea, themselves in the midst of producing the follow up to their acclaimed 2015 full-length Departure Songs. Opening up are Perth-based noise-merchants Tangled Thoughts of Leaving who recently released their third album No Tether and will depart for their third European tour following these shows, including performing at Belgium’s Dunk Festival.