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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.

Taleen Kalenderian // April 23, 2008

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