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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

The three original members of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin -- lead guitarist Will Knauer, drummer Philip Dickey, and bassist Tom Hembree -- met in high school in Springfield, Missouri, and soon formed a pop band. It was Dickey who came up with the group's name while shopping with his mother one day in the local mall, and he also wrote most of their early material. Once in college, the trio added singer/guitarist John Robert Cardwell and bassist/recording engineer Jonathan James to the lineup, and the band set up a makeshift studio in Knauer's home to record Broom, which became their indie debut in 2005.

Broom was only meant to be a local release. However, after the band uploaded some songs onto its website, the music press caught wind of the group's breezy pop music and helped spark a swell of online interest in the band. Along with a handful of other groups, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin became the toast of the blogosphere in 2006. That same spring, their song "Oregon Girl" ended up on an episode of The O.C., a sign that their popularity wasn't confined to the internet. A contract with Polyvinyl Records followed, and a remastered version of Broom appeared before the end of 2006. By that time, though, both Hembree and James had left, thus turning SSLYBY back into a three-piece with a rotating cast of additional guest musicians.

James eventually rejoined the band, climbing aboard just in time for the release of their second full-length, Pershing. Issued in 2008, the album featured production by the bandmates themselves. SSLYBY decided to enlist the help of producer Chris Walla on their next album, though, and the resulting Let It Sway appeared to warm reviews in 2010. The following year, Polyvinyl released a compilation of the band's unreleased B-sides and demos titled Tape Club. The 2013 Polyvinyl release Fly by Wire returned the band to a three-piece lineup of Knauer, Dickey, and James, reflecting a more mature approach as well as a back-to-basics recording style back at Knauer's home.

Their fifth studio album, 2015's The High Country, was recorded in Chris Walla's Hall of Justice studio and found the band upping tempos and power for a still melodically sweet but electrified, feedback-peppered reunion of SSLYBY's original lineup with Hembree returning on bass. ~ Marisa Brown
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fly By Wire

1. Harrison Ford

2. Young Presidents

3. Cover All Sides

4. Lucky Young

5. Ms. Dot

6. Loretta

7. Unearth

8. Bright Leaves

9. Nightwater Girlfriend

10. Fly By Wire

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Track List: Tape Club

1. The Clod And The Pebble

2. Let's Get Tired

3. What'll We Do (Demo)

4. Song W + Song L

5. Sweet Owl

6. Spinning Sea

7. Tin Floor 51

8. Lower The Gas Prices, Howard Johnson

9. Go Upstairs

10. Bigger Than Yr Yard

11. Half-Awake (Deb)

12. Not Worth Fighting

13. New Day

14. Coming Through

15. Dead Right (Wilmington Demo)

16. We Can Win Missouri

17. Same Speed

18. Cardinal Rules

19. Chili Cook-Off

20. Song 1000

21. Phantomwise (Demo)

22. Back In The Saddle (Demo)

23. Yellow Missing Signs

24. Letter Divine

25. Bended

26. B**tard Of Rome

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Track List: Pershing

1. Glue Girls

2. Boring Fountain

3. Dead Right

4. The Beach Song

5. Modern Mystery

6. Some Constellation

7. Think I Wanna Die

8. You Could Write A Book

9. Oceanographer

10. Heers

11. Doris Tailspin (Boring Mountain)

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Track List: Broom

1. Pangea

2. I Am Warm + Powerful

3. What'll We Do

4. Travel Song

5. Oregon Girl

6. House Fire

7. Yr Broom

8. Anna Lee

9. Anne Elephant

10. Gwyneth

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Track List: Let It Sway (Deluxe Edition)

1. Back In The Saddle

2. Sink/Let It Sway

3. Banned (By The Man)

4. In Pairs

5. My Terrible Personality

6. Everlyn

7. Stuart Gets Lost Dans Le Metro

8. All Hail Dracula!

9. Critical Drain

10. Animalkind

11. Phantomwise

12. Made To Last

13. Bended (Bonus Track)

14. Cardinal Rules (Bonus Track)

15. Tanks Jam (Bonus Track)

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Track List: Nightwater Girlfriend (Single)

1. Nightwater Girlfriend

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Track List: The High Country

1. Line On You

2. Step Brother City

3. Goal Mind

4. Full Possession Of All Her Powers

5. Madeline

6. What I Won

7. Trevor Forever

8. Foreign Future

9. Song Will

10. Magnet's New Summer 'Do

11. Total Meltdown

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I agree with J. Harral. Thumbs down to these losers
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I don't wanna I will die ;~; so goodbye
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I had the wonderful privilege of jamming my heart out to these rad folks tonight at the Outland. Much love, SSLYBY.
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Go jump off a ledge, J. Harral. You obviously have no idea what music is.
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Why does this crap keep coming up on my rock station? I thumb down all their cheesy songs.
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I love SSLYBY! One of the best bands currently out, undoubtedly.
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I'm just honored to be commenting right next to Kevin Jolley
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+1 Kevin Jolley
Definitely making Springfield proud. Come hang out on C-Street, SSLYBY, it's pretty close to the perfect street.
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anyone notice the cover photo is a scene from baraka. thats awesome!
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Got to love Let It Sway!
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Making Springfield proud :' )
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I'm best friends with Mr. James's Nephew, my house is in the Pangea video :)
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jsix30
Accidental find for me as well. They opened for another band I liked and totally stole the night. Pershing is one of my top albums of all time
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Best Artist from Missouri. Makes me love my home state.
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flouncyone
My favorite accidental find.
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so so so great in concert
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best band name ever
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christylou00 7
The best up and coming band in America!! Right here in Springfield, MO!!!
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kmcclan2
I've seen them twice...they put on a very good show and I love that they rotate instruments. can't wait to see them again next year
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one of my new favorites. rly good band.
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awesome.
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I remember them coming by my school. They're not too bad.
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I love these guys!
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maryr91
One of the longest and best band names in the world.
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Broom is possibly one of the greatest summer feel-good albums around!
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zundelj
Love it! I'm addidcted to Broom, and I am on the edge of my seat for the next album. Thanks, SSLYBY!

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