Russian Circles - Middle East, Cambridge MA, December 2, 2009
Middle East, Cambridge, MA *(upstairs room)
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Support : Young Widows, Phantom Family Halo
Chicago instrumental trio Russian Circles played to a packed to the gills Middle East on Wednesday night. The band, currently on tour for the 2009 release "Geneva". Taking the stage about 11:20 the audience was chomping at the bit. Facing the stage it was laid out with Mike Sullivan (guitar) to the right, Dave Turncrantz on drums in the middle and bassist Brian Cook to the left.
The packed house was quickly bobbing their heads in furious unison as the band as the band hit on each of their three records. "Malko" flashed the guitar wizardry of Sullivan and Cook, who is new to the band really showed his chops, and made is presence known with a few keyboard loops but in while chugging on bass with an amp rig that nearly touched the ceiling. Later in the show Cook once more flashed on "Fathom". The audience seemed drawn towards material from the prior record "Station" with "Harper Lewis" striking a particular chord. Turncrantz beat his ride cymbal whole Sullivan did a lot of guitar finger tapping over the top.
The band didn't slow down the the nearly 1 hour set with any stage banter, but when it was all said and done they did each wave as they left the stage. For a December night the club was pretty darn hot, and many sweaty bodies headed out into the night with smiles on their faces.
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