If you know about modern foreign history, you’ll probably link the name Boris Yeltsin with the first president of the Russian Federation. But this article is not about politicians; this is about an indie pop band from Springfield, Missouri, called Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (SSLYBY).
“We came up with the name when we were teenagers,” said Philip Dickey, SSLYBY’s drummer, vocalist, and many others. “[We] didn’t think anyone would ever know about us.”
After meeting in a high school party, they started writing songs and home recording. Their first full-length album, Broom, was a result of this.
“We recorded Broom in Will’s attic in 2005. It was casual. We had no idea anyone outside our group of friends would ever hear it,” said Dickey.
Broom features a song that appeared in the well-known, beloved and remembered TV show, The O.C. This song, which Dickey describes as “pretty catchy” is called Oregon Girl.
After Broom was released, there were two big changes for SSLYBY: The band began touring and got signed to Polyvinyl Records, in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
SSLYBY has toured not only in the States, but overseas as well, including European countries and Japan.
“We like touring internationally because we also make new friends and have little adventures, but touring in America is fun too,” said Dickey.
Their second album, Pershing, was also home recorded, but with several differences when compared to Broom.
“There was more pressure and I think we were all exhausted from touring (…) we tried to make Pershing sound more like a studio album. Basically, we had no idea what we were doing,” said Dickey.
Modern Mystery is one of the most recognized songs of this album. According to Dickey, this song was based on a book called A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid as well as having a crush on someone. “It is more of a collage than anything else,” he said.
After these first two full-length albums, SSLYBY’s first real studio album came out. It was called Let It Sway. Dickey stated that they wanted to make something “a little dirtier” than Pershing.
There are two favorites from this album: Back in the Saddle and Everlyn.
“Back in the Saddle is a song about itself. It’s just about having a crush and aiming for the high life (…) Everlyn is another song that John wrote. I really love the lyrics, but I have no idea what or who they’re about. I think he designed them that way,” Dickey said.
With already three released albums and “hundreds” of recordings, SSLYBY knew it was time for a special release. This was named Tape Club .It is basically a compilation of demos and unreleased songs that was, without a doubt, a blessing for their fans. For example, there is a demo of What’ll We Do, which was originally featured in Broom.
But this album is not the end of SSLYBY. They had amazing good news as well:
According to Philip Dickey, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin just finished their new album on May 5th, which will come out later this year.
If you’re already a fan, you could easily contact the band through social media, such as their Twitter account @sslyby, while you wait for its released later this fall.
But if you have not listen to them yet and are interested in some “friendly pop” as they named it, do not hesitate on listening to Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.