I saw Russian Circles last night in Iowa City at the Picador. My bro and an old buddy of his drove out for this show.
This was my first encounter with this band, and I was very happy. The drummer, Dave Turncrantz, makes me think of a Dave Grohl-Danny Carey bastard love child. Since I am a drummer, this is the first thing to which I listen in hearing a band.
One thing that I noted was that the guitarist, Mike Sullivan, is very rhythmically-minded, and this gives Turncrantz something to latch on to. When drummers aren’t led by this kind of guitarist, they sound too busy. But the three musicians complement each other quite nicely, and they keep things interesting enough that you don’t even miss a voice. (They’re instrumental. Ballsy–and awesome).
If you’re an old Rush fan like myself, you’ll dig this kind of music.
It’s no wonder that Tool had these guys open on the European leg of the tour.
So, as I’m still unfamiliar with this band (and as I was kinda Drunky McGee last night), you don’t get much from my review other than a general “HELL YEAH!”
$8 = a goddamned bargain for 3 great musicians.
-MC Spanky McGee