Usually Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
are a powerful pop quartet delivering chewy, delicious indie pop tunes...almost like their offering those who find their music some long lost vision of blue album era Weezer with a Midwest, lo-fi twist. Check out the time we captured a summer performance from the band rocking a crusty bowling alley on the Jersey Shore for all the evidence you need
. Need more? Their Chris Walla produced third album Let It Sway
is the band's high water mark to date, leading our own Michelle Gislani to proclaim, "here's a confidence that is relaxed and captivating, and it makes the band sound comfortable as well as believable."
It's a vibe they continued to channel when Phil and John from the band stopped by and perched themselves high above the West Village in our latest episode of the Guest Apartment. Stripped down to a duo, SSLYBY still retain echoes of their great indie pop tendencies - tasty guitar licks, head logging lyrics, and delectable melodies, all swirled together for a perfect pop concoction. Cut with stories about the making of Let it Sway, our latest artist profile is an enlightening one...even if their band name remains a bit of on the goofy side.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin has been playing music in Springfield, Missouri since 1999, when Will Knauer and Philip Dickey met at a Super Bowl party. They came up with their band name shortly after Boris Yeltsin's resignation in the early hours of Y2K. John Robert joined the band in 2001, when he was dorm roommates with Philip at Drury University.
SSLYBY played dozens of local shows, often acoustic, from 1999-2004, and released a split EP on a local label, Generic Equivalent, in 2004. The band's first LP, Broom, was a blog hit in 2005. Jonathan James joined the band after mixing Broom on his computer.
SSLYBY followed Broom with a series of monthly cassette tapes, mailed to subscribers of the SSLYBY Tape Club. A split CD with Michael Holt from The Mommyheads was released by Catbird Records in the fall of 2005.
The band signed to Polyvinyl in the summer of 2006 (in a Congress Hotel room in Tuscon, Arizona) and re-released Broom later that fall. SSLYBY's second LP, Pershing, which was released in April 2008. Both records were self-recorded in members' and relatives' houses and were supported by over 250 national and international shows.SSLYBY performed in Moscow, Russia two months after Boris Yeltsin's death.
In August 2010, SSLYBY will release their third full-length: Let It Sway. The album was recorded at Madison's famed Smart Studios (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Rainer Maria) by Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla and resident producer Beau Sorenson (DCFC's Plans, Sparklehorse).