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Brian Cook Speaks Of These Arms Are Snakes, Russian Circles & The Possibility Of Botch Reuniting


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The ever-busy Brian Cook chatted with Noisey of his past, present and future plans. In regards to the possibility of more previously unreleased material surfacing from the defunct These Arms Are Snakes, a four-song demo recorded prior to their first EP was mastered for vinyl but never materialized.

On the Russian Circles front, a new album is tentatively scheduled for a 2016 release on Sargent House. Sumac—a project which finds him as hired hand alongside ex-Isis frontman/guitarist Aaron Turner and Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn—is also on his plate with some scattered live dates.

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Most interestingly though, Cook revealed that the door may not be entirely shut on his influential past outfit Botch. He told the site of the possibility of a reunion:

“Seems to be the ongoing question. I have always said “never,” but I have now been instructed by the other dudes in the band to stop saying that. It’s funny because as opposed to These Arms are Snakes, Botch felt like total closure; we had our final run and it was a thing that we made a conscious decision to push. The other guys in the band felt like it ended too soon, which could be the case, I don’t know.”

What may wind up being These Arms Are Snakes‘ last release of material will arrive tomorrow as part of a split with The Coathangers. The group’s final recording—a cover of Lost Sounds‘ “Energy Drink & The Long Walk Home“—is featured on it.

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