Concert Review: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

By WILL RATH

Catchy guitar riffs and fine-tuned vocal harmonies set the mood on Sunday night at the Jackpot Music Hall as Springfield band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin brought heaping doses of their head-bopping spin on indie pop.

SSLYBY’s sound – developed over the course of two studio albums, Broom and Pershing – owes much to lead singer and guitarist John Robert Cardwell’s distressed yet light-hearted vocals.

Ample ‘ooh-bah-bahs’ and spot-on harmonies allow the band to explore more melancholy tones while maintaining their optimistic, catchy pace, and bouncy, clean guitars provide an energetic counterweight.

Singing sincerely with eyes closed, the boys of SSLYBY gave off an air of authenticity befitting a pack of plaid-shirted Midwesterners. Though modest, they’re not shy – these guys have toured relentlessly, and they’re old pros at building a rapport with a crowd. The band took time out between songs to introduce new material from their third studio album, which they have been working on with Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla since last September. Four new songs (including “Everlyn”) featured more sophisticated guitars than their usual fare – they even had solos. “All Hail Dracula” was new as well and arguably even catchier than many of their older songs. Another new tune, “Critical Drain,” featured a shimmery, tremolo-heavy intro that was strangely reminiscent of the Smiths.

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