Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin


Will Knauer
Philip Dickey
John Robert Cardwell
Jonathan James

In many ways, The High Country is the record Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin has been building up to its entire career.

A raw pop record infused with undeniable hooks, distortion pedals, passion, grit, and maybe a little insanity, The High Country is the first SSLYBY album to truly capture the power and energy the group exudes when performing live.

“We’ve always cranked our amps up in practice and at shows, but we always kept it off our records,” says guitarist/vocalist Phil Dickey. “This time we wanted to go beyond our mid-tempo tendencies and make something really satisfying.”

Opening track “Line On You” bears witness to this desire with gloriously fuzzed out Pinkerton-era Weezer guitar lines that don’t let up for two minutes.

“Step Brother City” follows at an even faster tempo, its pedal-to-the-floor drum beat perfectly mirroring the lyrical narrative of a relationship come and gone too quickly. Between contagious “oo-oo-ooh” refrains, Dickey croons the album’s most brilliantly incisive couplet: “All the good songs and poems are all about you / And all the bad ones, too.”

Even the ballads are authentically rough around the edges. Case in point — “Madeline,” which was tracked at 4 AM immediately after Dickey blew out his voice recording “Trevor Forever,” the punk rock anthem you wish you’d been able to scream along to as a teenager.

SSLYBY recorded The High Country as a power trio consisting of Dickey, guitarist/vocalist Will Knauer, and bassist Tom Hembree, a founding member of the group who left after Broom, but returned to (as Dickey describes it) “stir things up in the best way possible and demand we play louder and faster.”

After a month spent demoing and practicing, the three musicians convened at Seattle’s legendary Hall of Justice to record with engineer Beau Sorenson (Superchunk, Garbage).

Studio owner Chris Walla (who, with Sorenson, produced SSLYBY’s third full-length Let It Sway) also assisted in an unofficial capacity, dropping in now and then to lend gear and give feedback on early mixes.

A week later, the only task that remained was choosing the album title. Hembree was ultimately the one to suggest The High Country, a name with no particular meaning beyond the simple fact the band members thought it sounded good.

And perhaps that criteria is more fitting than anything else. Because, when it comes right down to it, with The High Country SSLYBY have crafted a collection of songs that just sound damn good.


Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin The High Country

Line On You
Step Brother City
Goal Mind
Full Possession of All Her Powers
What I Won
Trevor Forever
Foreign Future
Song Will
Magnet's New Summer 'Do
Total Meltdown

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Fly By Wire

Harrison Ford
Young Presidents
Cover All Sides
Lucky Young
Ms. Dot
Bright Leaves
Nightwater Girlfriend
Fly By Wire

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Tape Club

The Clod and the Pebble
Let's Get Tired
What We'll Do (Demo)
Song W + Song L
Sweet Owl
Spinning Sea
Tin Floor 51
Lower the Gas Prices, Howard Johnson
Go Upstairs
Bigger Than Yr Yard
Half-Awake (Deb)
Not Worth Fighting
New Day
Coming Through
Dead Right (Wilmington Demo)
We Can Win Missouri
Same Speed
Cardinal Rules
Chili Cook-Off
Song 1000
Phantomwise (Demo)
Back in the Saddle (Demo)
Yellow Missing Signs
Letter Divine
Bended Bastard of Rome

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Let It Sway

Back In The Saddle
Sink/Let It Sway
Banned (By The Man)
In Pairs
My Terrible Personality
Stuart Gets Lost Dans Le Metro
All Hail Dracula!
Critical Drain
Made To Last
Cardinal Rules
Tanks Jam

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Pershing

Glue Girls
Boring Fountain
Dead Right
The Beach Song
Modern Mystery
Some Constellation
Think I Wanna Die
You Could Write A Book
Doris Tailspin (Boring Mountain)

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Broom

I Am Warm & Powerful
What'll We Do
Travel Song
Oregon Girl
House Fire
Yr Broom
Anna Lee
Anne Elephant