Events — October 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Circumnavigating: Russian Circles ‘Live’ in Singapore

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Photo credit: Aloysius Lim

Post-show impressions of Russian Circles’ concert in TAB, Singapore last Saturday shared a common lexicon of weight and magnitude, which is no surprise considering the Chicago-based trio’s penchant for delivering powerful live performances of music that you can almost tangibly feel. Marking their second show in Singapore, with their debut performance here back in 2010, Russian Circles continued to impress long-time fans and win over fresh faces, masterfully meandering through the tried-and-tested loud/soft dichotomy of post-rock whilst showcasing a strong metal sensibility. 

Composed of guitarist Mike Sullivan, bassist Brian Cook and drummer Dave Turncratz, Russian Circles humbly strode onstage, briefly waved to the cheering crowd and wasted no time launching the entire venue towards a triumphant sonic journey, opening the night with ‘309’, a track off their latest release ‘Empros’. Accentuated by plumes of smoke, lasers, nearly-blinding strobe lights and flickering screens that served to heighten the atmosphere, the band managed to evoke a post-apocalyptic feel that was simultaneously foreboding and cathartic. Russian Circles’ strength lies in their ability to strike a balance while careening wildly between soft melodic passages and aggressive riffs, a trait perhaps best demonstrated in their live rendition of ‘Carpe’, a crowd favourite from their first record ‘Enter’. The mastery displayed by each individual band member over their instruments was undeniable, especially for the seemingly tireless Turncratz whose potent drumming provided a compelling skeleton for Cook and Sullivan to build upon with layers of thick basslines and sprawling guitars – and the end result is nothing short of monumental. 

Setlist:

309
Harper Lewis
Geneva
Carpe
Batu
Youngblood
Mladek

Encore:
Death Rides A Horse
  

Photo credit: Aloysius Lim

 

Photo credit: Rueven Tan

 

Photo credit: Rueven Tan

 

Photo credit: Aloysius Lim

Photos courtesy of KittyWu Records – send them meows of appreciation via Facebook/Twitter!
Visit Russian Circles’ official website or listen to them on Deezer.