Sunday, November 13
When you think of post-rock certain names come to mind: Sigur Ros, Do Make Say Think, Tortoise, and Mogwai are usually at the top of the list. Chicago’s Russian Circles isn’t a household post-rock name, but they should be. Their fourth full-length album, Empros—released October 25th—might just put them on that list for many people. That is because Empros sounds nothing like any of those previously mentioned bands. On this album Russian Circles sounds more like Mastodon, with heavy numbed bass and discordant creaking guitar riffs, than it does to post-rock staples like Explosions in the Sky or Sigur Ros. That’s what makes this record stand out. Six minutes into the album’s eight minute long opening track, “309” and you’re totally immersed in the metalocolypse. Post-rock is about escapism, it is music meant to take the listener on a journey. That journey is usually an emotional rollercoaster that dips down low and sores back into the clouds, but on Empros the lows are the highs and the clouds are black. Don’t let that scare you away because this rollercoaster ride, though terrifying, is worth the price of admission. Take the ride with Russian Circles this Sunday (Nov 13) at Soundlab. Black metal band Deafheaven and shoegazers Indian Handcrafts open the show. —cory perla
8pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907 / bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab). $15.