Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
“House Fire” by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin from Broom (Polyvinyl):
Unless you consider a long, nonsensical band name cool for its own sake, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is an off-putting moniker. Luckily, the Springfield, Missouri, quartet it belongs to overcomes the suggestion of bad Eastern Bloc rock or extreme hipster pretension. It helps that SSLYBY sounds a lot like the Shins and Elliott Smith: often quiet and sweetly sad but never whiny. Broom, the band’s Polyvinyl Records release, contains nary a skippable track. All 10 songs are short, poetic indie-rock examinations of life and relationships. “House Fire” is the most likely to leave you humming and thinking about, as the song says, the person whose face you’d still find “dashing” even if covered in blood. Tonight could be the best chance to love on SSLYBY for a while. The band travels this continent for another month and hits Europe in late May.