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Russian Circles at Empty Bottle
April 24, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pmSOLD OUT
At the end of 2014, Chicago trio RUSSIAN CIRCLES celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their first show. A decade is a long time for any band to persevere, let alone a band that mines the relatively unmarketable niche of protracted instrumental dirges. But whereas many bands on the louder end of the rock-based instrumental world are content to work within the confines of the crescendos and washed-out timbres laid out by their predecessors, RUSSIAN CIRCLES persistently expand their creative boundaries by working with a wider swath of sounds and structures. In many ways, their last album Memorial was a fitting cap to that first decade; it was an elegy to the past, a token of remembrance to the aural explorations of the band’s formative years. It encompassed the many facets of the band’s catalog: harrowing gloom, cinematic majesty, primitive bludgeonings, bittersweet dexterity, and morose minimalism.
Singer/guitarist/songwriter Evan Patterson is best known as the leader of Louisville’s YOUNG WIDOWS, but he emerged in late-2013 with the mysterious moniker of JAYE JAYLE. Evolving from songs Patterson wrote on his own and inspired by extensive time spent traveling in New Mexico, JAY JAYLE mines minimalist rhythms and acoustic drones that call to mind original blues, cult country, and krautrock percussion.