Adaptation to life in Athens, Ohio means inevitably encountering the dense art and music scene that thrives within the county line. Tim Race, Jack Martin, and Zach Inscho came to Ohio University with musical backgrounds that differed in their history but were mirrored in their resonance. Race's influence stemmed from his childhood as he watched his older brother, Cory, contribute drums to bands in Northeast Ohio such as Party of Helicopters for nearly a decade. During his freshmen year, following an unusually inspiring performance by Athens band Nostra Nova (Adam Torres and other members of Southeast Engine), Race focused his guitar training and penchant for ambience onto a new songwriting project. Introduction to cellist Jack Martin, another freshmen who lived in the same dorm as Race, ignited a guitar loop-based duo by the name of Russenorsk. Martin's extensive classical training filled out Race's sparse songwriting style and their live performances were often a mixture of instrumental improvisation and crude versions of songs that finally came to life on their first record In a Great Wave of Horns. A few days before the release of this record and the end of their freshmen year, Inscho and Race met (almost poetically) at another Nostra Nova show, where Inscho was unofficially signed on for percussion duties. Inscho's orchestral style well accented the band's repertoire at the time, but once the three began writing again, a transformation took place. Louder, more powerful, and tighter than the earlier material, the songs that eventually culminated to make up Russenorsk's second record had been born. The band constantly played shows in Athens and major cities in the Midwest region throughout their sophomore year. One crucial show occurred when the band's favorite spot, The Union, asked them to play a cover set of any band of their choice. Joy Division was the only logical selection. They immediately learned and practiced their set religiously, and the influence of this tribute saturated their sound with a post-punk flavor far beyond the initial performance. With a fresh aesthetic and responsibility for each band member, the following months included moments for the band such as scoring an amazing student film, sharing the stage with each wonderful band in Athens and other touring bands that made a stop in this Appalachian benchmark, and finally going into the studio in September of 2008 with producer Josh Antonuccio. The result is their sophomore release, Comforts. Released on January 30, 2009, Comforts exposes the anxious, dystopian, and fervent qualities of the life of someone very close to Race. It is a dynamic power trio at it's most distant, where chaos lies beneath it's punch and guitar layers swell between robust drumming. Most importantly, Comforts is an important moment for Russenorsk as they continue to ride and revel in their experience as close friends taking shape as a band.