Russian Circles Protest Merch Cuts By Not Selling Merch During Paris, France Show

Russian Circles are the latest artists to protest the unfair merch cuts that venues have been placing on artists. The band will not be selling merch during their March 22 show at L’Olympia in Paris, France.

The band said the following:

“AS YOU ARE PROBABLY AWARE, MERCH SALES ARE VITAL TO KEEPING ARTISTS FINANCIALLY AFLOAT WHILE ON TOUR. VENUES OFTEN TAKE A PERCENTAGE OF MERCH REVENUE FROM ARTISTS, AND THEIR RATES HAVE GOTTEN HIGHER IN RECENT YEARS.

AT TONIGHT’S SHOW IN PARIS, THE VENUE HAS ENLISTED AN OUTSIDE COMPANY TO SELL ARTISTS’ MERCH. THIS COMPANY TAKES A 25% COMMISSION AND WITHHOLDS A 20% VAT TAX.

OUR OPTIONS APPEAR TO BE EITHER RAISING OUR PRICES OR LOSING MONEY, SO WE’VE OPTED TO NOT SELL MERCH TONIGHT. WE APOLOGIZE TO OUR FRIENDS AND FANS IN PARIS WHO WERE HOPING TO GRAB A SHIRT OR LP AT THE SHOW, BUT WE DON’T WANT TO PARTAKE IN THIS ARRANGEMENT WITH THIS COMPANY.

IF YOU WANT OUR MERCH, IT IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE AT EVIL GREED.
THANK YOU.”

Russian Circles Are Talking About Releasing A New EP As “A Companion Piece To ‘Gnosis‘”

During a recent interview with New Noise Magazine, Mike Sullivan revealed that Russian Circles have some leftover material from the sessions for their latest album “Gnosis.” The guitarist went on to say that the music may end up surfacing on a new EP.

Sullivan said the following:

“It feels good to finally have [‘Gnosis‘] out because it was recorded so long ago. When we handed in the record, we realized—with the vinyl delays, you had to request X amount of records to be released on X date, and we requested a single LP, and when we turned in the record, we had enough material for two LPs, not even realizing that we had written that much, or that it was that much over the requirement for just a single LP.

So we are sitting on a number of songs that were meant to be on the record. It’s funny; it could be a totally different record if we were to swap out some of the songs. So there is talk of doing an additional EP tethered to—kind of a companion piece to ‘Gnosis‘. But I think we’ll touch up some of the songs and maybe include another one or two, and there’s some other ideas.

We don’t want to make another full-on release, like, ‘This is where we’re going; this is the direction,’ because that’s not the case at all. We’re just thinking about being careful of how to display the music. I think ultimately that will see the light of day hopefully in the next year or so. This isn’t locked in stone, but hopefully that EP will come out soon.”

Russian Circles Premiere “Gnosis” Music Video

Russian Circles have premiered a new video for the title track of their new album “Gnosis.” That effort will be released on August 19. The group commented:

“‘Gnosis‘ is a special song that has grown with us over a number of years. The main theme of the song was reconceptualized so many times that it provided nearly endless arrangement options. It’s rewarding to see such a minimal song idea evolve into one of our most dynamic and fully-realized songs to date. When discussing a concept for the video, we agreed we wanted cinematic footage of nature and humanity. Ultimately, we wanted the video to feel fresh and inspiring despite dealing with a dark theme. Similarly, we wanted to compel viewers to rewatch the video and get something new from each viewing. Somehow, editor Joe Kell masterfully made this all happen.”

Russian Circles Premiere New Song “Conduit”

Russian Circles have premiered a new song titled “Conduit.” This track is from the band’s new album “Gnosis,” which will be released on August 19.

“Gnosis” Track Listing:

01. “Tupilak”
02. “Conduit”
03. “Gnosis”
04. “Vlastimil”
05. “Ó Braonáin”
06. “Betrayal”
07. “Bloom”

Tour Dates:

09/15 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
09/17 Denver, CO – Gothic
09/18 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
09/20 Seattle, WA – Croc Showroom
09/21 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
09/23 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
09/24 Felton, CA – Felton Music Hall
09/25 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
09/26 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
09/29 Austin, TX – Empire Garage
09/30 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
10/01 Memphis, TN – Growlers

With Rezn:

10/27 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
10/28 Louisville, KY – Headliner’s
10/29 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
10/30 Orlando, FL – The Social
11/01 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
11/02 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
11/04 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11/05 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
11/06 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
11/08 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
11/09 Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
11/10 Toronto, ON – Opera
11/11 Detroit, MI – El Club
11/12 Chicago, IL – Metro

With Cult Of Luna & Svalbard:

03/17 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega
03/18 Berlin, GER – Huxleys
03/19 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
03/20 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
03/21 Brussels, BEL – AB
03/22 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
03/23 Stuttgart, GER – Wizemann
03/24 Lausanne, SWI – Les Docks
03/25 Ljubljana, SLO – Kino Siska
03/27 Vienna, AUT – Arena
03/28 Munich, GER – Muffathalle
03/29 Prague, CZE – Roxy
03/30 Krakow, POL – Studio
03/31 Warsaw, POL – Progresja

Cult Of Luna, Russian Circles, & Svalbard Announce European Tour

Cult Of Luna, Russian Circles, and Svalbard have announced a March 2023 European tour. Here’s the dates:

03/17 Copenhagen, DEN – Store Vega
03/18 Berlin, GER – Huxleys
03/19 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
03/20 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
03/21 Brussels, BEL – AB
03/22 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
03/23 Stuttgart, GER – Wizemann
03/24 Lausanne, SWI – Les Docks
03/25 Ljubljana, SLO – Kino Siska
03/27 Vienna, AUT – Arena
03/28 Munich, GER – Muffathalle
03/29 Prague, CZE – Roxy
03/30 Krakow, POL – Studio
03/31 Warsaw, POL – Progresja

Watch High On Fire, Fall Out Boy, & Russian Circles Members Cover Van Halen’s “Unchained”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds has joined forces with Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep), Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy, The Damned Things), and Mike Sullivan (Russian Circles) for a cover of Van Halen’s “Unchained.” You can check that out below:

System Of A Down, Korn, & Russian Circles Announce Two More Shows Together

System Of A Down, Korn, and Russian Circles have booked two more shows together. Here’s their updated schedule:

01/31 Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
02/01 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
02/04 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of California Stadium (with Helmet)
02/05 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of California Stadium (with Helmet)