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‘Happy’ NYC Fans Groove with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

With a sold-out gig, the Springfield, MO-based fivesome treat devout followers with loose, upbeat tunes off sophomore album Pershing.

Poor Boris Yeltsin’s message could have been as plain and simple as the band who still love him: “We want to make you very happy,” songwriter and drummer Philip Dickey said last night (April 22) as the Springfield, MO five-piece celebrated its second date of New York City dictatorship to a sold-out crowd at Mercury Lounge.

Clattering, sharp and clean on stage, the Yeltsin five breezed through a set list inclusive of both their records, playing delectable Broom favorites “Pangea” and “Oregon Girl,” which hearkened a feeling similar to college radio and campus shows, falling in the teenage-epic vein of Weezer and even Phantom Planet.

And the tunes off the band’s recent release, Pershing, were ever more vibrant with live air, as more demanding, loosely-constructed songs such as “You Could Write A Book” and “Dead Right” were made enjoyable by SSLYBY’s clean-cut instrumentation and dance antics (featuring cowbell courtesy of bassist David Lizmi of opener Via Audio). SSLYBY surprised the audience at last with an unidentified B-side, an ever-anthemic track reeling in and out of riff grooves, stirring the gratification Dickey initially promised.

We asked: Which band (old or current) do you think would have been banned the quickest by the pre-Yeltsin Communist regime?

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin / Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin / Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin / Photo by Beowulf Sheehan