Russian Circles photographed by Chris Strong

Russian Circles

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Hometown: Chicago, IL (USA)


Russian Circles is a three piece instrumental rock/metal band from Chicago. Similar to fellow Chicago residents Pelican, Russian Circles play epic, sprawling music which runs the gamut of heavy discordant metal, to soft delicate passages. They are also known for their energetic live shows, which include tours with Minus the Bear, Chin Up Chin Up, Mono, and Pelican as well as an appearance at the 2006 SXSW.[1]. They were also the opening band for Tool while playing in the United Kingdom for their 2007 tour.

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

When performing live, the band is noted for being able to replicate and even expand upon their recorded material through Sullivan and DeKuiper's use of sampling and loop pedals. 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 new album, titled Station, will be handled by ex–Botch/These Arms Are Snakes bass player Brian Cook.


Russian Circles / KEN mode / Inter Arma live in Cambridge

Russian Circles / KEN mode / Inter Arma

live in Cambridge (2014)

live show

Russian Circles Memorial

Russian Circles

Memorial (2013)

Sargent House

Russian Circles Station

Russian Circles

Station (2008)

Suicide Squeeze

Russian Circles Enter

Russian Circles

Enter (2006)



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Mike Sullivan of Russian Circles

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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