Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

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Someone Still Loves You
Boris Yeltsin
SSLYBY in concert in Moscow, Russia.
SSLYBY in concert in Moscow, Russia.
Background information
OriginSpringfield, Missouri, U.S.
GenresIndie pop
Alternative rock
Years active1999–present
LabelsPolyvinyl Record Co.
MembersWill Knauer
Philip Dickey
Jonathan James
Tom Hembree
Roni Dickey
Past membersJohn Robert Cardwell

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (SSLYBY) is an American indie pop band from Springfield, Missouri. They are named after Boris Yeltsin, the first President of Russia after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Their first full-length album, Broom, was independently released in 2005. They are now signed with Polyvinyl Record Co.


Will Knauer and Philip Dickey were friends in high school. Phil and John Robert Cardwell met in 2002 during their freshman year of college and started writing songs together.

From 2002 to 2004, the group recorded demos at home and in their dorm rooms while playing local shows in Springfield and Columbia, Missouri. The group's first release was a split EP with the vocal duo Gwyn and Grace in 2004.[1]

In Fall 2004 the group began recording their first full-length album, Broom, at Knauer's house, which is featured in much of the band's artwork. Broom was released in March 2005. The debut was seen as an indie success, and received favorable press in Spin Magazine and internet buzz from blogs like You Ain't No Picasso and Bars and Guitars, while Pitchfork gave the album an average rating, 6.9/10.0.[2] Shortly after releasing Broom, SSLYBY released a split record with Michael Holt, formerly of the Mommyheads, on Catbird Records (a label started by the blog site Catbirdseat) in 2005.

In February 2006, the band went on their first national support tour opening up for Catfish Haven (from the Secretly Canadian label). On the same tour, the group recorded their first session for the music website Daytrotter.[3] Later that year, the band's song "Oregon Girl" was featured on an episode of The OC.

The group signed to Polyvinyl Records in June 2006 and re-released Broom in October 2006.[4] Because the original version of the album was recorded by the band with their own equipment (including a Boss digital multitrack recorder using only Shure SM57 and SM58 microphones), it was not professionally mastered to the same level as most industry-standard releases. The lo-fi sound drew many critics and listeners to the band.

In July 2007, SSLYBY performed at the Afisha Picnic music festival in Moscow, Russia, just three months after the death of Boris Yeltsin.

The group returned to Springfield to record their highly anticipated follow up to Broom. Unable to record at Knauer's house because of noise complaints, the band moved their home recording studio to Knauer's aunt's house.[5]

Pershing was released on April 8, 2008 on Polyvinyl Records. The album spawned three music videos: "Think I Wanna Die"[6] directed by Grammy-nominated director Israel Anthem and featuring members of the band Eisley, and "Modern Mystery"[7] and "Glue Girls",[8] both directed by Brook Linder.

The band was named the "best new band in Missouri" by the Boston Phoenix despite the "cutesy, irritating quality of its six-word name".[9] Pershing was named the best album of 2008 by the blogs It's Hard to Find A Friend,[10] The Stark Online,[11] and The Power Pop Show.[12] Blender Magazine ranked "Dead Right" as one of the top 200 songs of 2008.[13]

In 2008 the band released a split EP with the Liverpool band Puzzle, licensed their song "Anne Elephant" to a MasterCard commercial,[14] and made their network television performance debut on the Carson Daly Show.[15]

SSLYBY's third album under Polyvinyl, Let It Sway, was produced by Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie and Beau Sorenson.

On October 22, 2010, debuted the music video for "Sink/Let It Sway"[16] directed by Brook Linder.[17] The band and Linder would pair up again in early 2011 to make a video for "Critical Drain", which premiered on[18]

In early 2011, the band supported Tokyo Police Club on a US tour.[19] Later that year, they released Tape Club, a collection of b-sides and rarities.[20]

The band released a new album on September 17, 2013 entitled Fly by Wire.[21] News of this album coincides with John Robert's departure from the band.[22] As Phil would now be required to cover vocals full-time, Tom Hembree was brought back to the band to take over bassist duties, and Phil's sister Roni was added as a keyboardist.[23]

On March 5, 2015, it was announced via the band's official Twitter page that a new album would be released in the summer of 2015. A teaser trailer for the album was simultaneously released on YouTube.[24] Later that month, on March 26, it was announced that the album would be called "The High Country" and that it would be released on June 2, 2015.[25][26]



  • Philip Dickey - vocals, drums, guitar, songwriting
  • Will Knauer - lead guitar, songwriting
  • Jonathan James - bass, drums, backing vocals
  • Tom Hembree - bass


  • John Robert Cardwell - vocals, guitar, bass, drums, songwriting
  • Roni Dickey - keyboard



Other releases[edit]

  • Split CD Vol. 6 (with Grace and Gwyn) - Sew, Sew, Suck Your Toe (2004 Generic Equivalent)
  • Two People... Probably Thinking About Me EP (Generic Equivalent) (2004 also known as "Gwyn and Grace" and untitled)
  • Someone Still Loves You Michael Holt (2005 Catbird Records / CBR 001)
  • 'Haircuts' split cd w/Nathaniel Carroll (2006 Things That Are True)
  • Not Worth Fighting Single (2007 Polyvinyl Records / PRC-134)
  • Pangea single (2007 Polyvinyl Records)
  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin/Puzzle (2008 Polyvinyl Records)
  • 'Back To You' for Fast Forward World Cup Compilation (2010 Indiecater Records)
  • Tape Club (2011 Polyvinyl Records) US Heatseekers #49[27]

Other projects[edit]

  • Winter's Bone soundtrack (Jonathan James recorded and mixed several songs)
  • Yawn
  • The Current Group
  • mrPunch
  • Wharf
  • Sweetwater Abilene
  • The New Monsters Collective
  • Dragon Inn 3[28]


  1. ^ Online Department Springfield News-Leader. " | Weekend | Boris Yeltsin band plays for CD release party tonight". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  2. ^ "Broom Review: Pitchfork". Pitchfork. 2006-02-08.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2010-12-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Daytrotter: The source for new music discovery and free MP3 downloads from the best emerging bands". Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Pershing". YouTube. 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2011-12-17.[dead YouTube link]
  6. ^ "Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Think I Wanna Die". YouTube. 2008-04-02. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  7. ^ "Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Modern Mystery [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO". YouTube. 2008-08-05. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  8. ^ "Glue Girls - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin". YouTube. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2011-12-17.[dead YouTube link]
  9. ^ "50 Bands, 50 States: Missouri". 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  10. ^ "It's Hard to Find a Friend: Hard to Find a Friend's Best of 2008 - No. 1". 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  11. ^ "Andrew's Top 25 of 2008". The Stark Online. 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  12. ^ "The Best Albums of 2008!!! van Power Pop Show (The Power Pop Show) op Myspace". 2008-12-27. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  13. ^ [1] Archived January 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "SSLYBY Mastercard Priceless commercial". YouTube. 2008-04-05. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  15. ^ "Late Night Recap: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on Carson Daly". Archived from the original on 2008-05-18.
  16. ^ "Polyvinyl Record Co. - Blog". Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  17. ^ "Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Sink / Let it Sway [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO". YouTube. 2010-09-27. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  18. ^ 9/16/11 (2011-09-16). "Critical Drain | Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin | Music Video". MTV. Retrieved 2011-12-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  19. ^ "Polyvinyl Record Co. - Blog". Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  20. ^ "Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin readies Tape Club compilation". 19 August 2011.
  21. ^ "SSLYBY News". Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  22. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  23. ^ "Band bounces back from near-death experience". 2013-09-26. Archived from the original on 2015-10-09.
  24. ^ "SSLYBY Twitter". 2015-03-05.
  25. ^ "SSLYBY Twitter". 2015-03-26.
  26. ^ "Consequence of Sound". 2015-03-26.
  27. ^ a b c d "Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Chart History". Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  28. ^ Holman, Gregory J. "If you grew up in Springfield in the '80s, this new band is your jam". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 2019-08-18.

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