Over their decade-plus career, Chicago instrumental trio Russian Circles have toured with Tool, collaborated with Chelsea Wolfe and won comparisons to Mogwai, associations that all make sense when you listen to the band's new album, Guidance, which is due out August 5th. (The record is available for pre-order here now.) Like the music of the aforementioned artists, the album – the group's sixth – is moody, dense and dynamic, the gripping soundtrack to an un-filmed drama. Above, you can listen to the second track from the LP, and the first to be released, "Vorel."
"All our songs fluctuate between trying to wrangle some sort of order out of ugliness and rendering some sort of beauty out of existential despair, and we usually wind up touching upon both approaches within any given song," says bassist Brian Cook. "I suppose 'Vorel' leans a little heavier towards the former."
Guitarist Mike Sullivan adds, "'Vorel' has a sense of melody and underlying dissonance that we gravitate towards in our songwriting. It's a great insight to the dynamics found on Guidance and really shows the strengths of the recording process with [Converge guitarist] Kurt Ballou; this was our first time working with him and it was an impactful experience."
Russian Circles will tour in support of Guidance this summer; check out dates below.
June 16 – Vancouver, BC @ Levitation Vancouver
June 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Crucial Fest
August 26 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
August 27 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
August 29 – Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge
August 30 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
August 31 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
September 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
September 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
September 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
September 6 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
September 7 – Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theatre
September 8 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
September 9 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
September 25 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
September 26 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
September 28 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
September 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
September 30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
October 1 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
October 2 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
October 4 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
October 5 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
October 6 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
October 7 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
October 8 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
October 9 – Dallas, TX @ RBC