The band with what might be the coolest name in rock music…

June 27th, 2008 at 8:01 am

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Will be at George’s Majestic Lounge on Saturday night.

And — perhaps because of the moniker — they’re on the rise, too.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is from Springfield, Mo., on PolyVinyl Records, a one-time home to such well-known indie acts as Architecture in Helsinki, Rainer Maria and Of Montreal.

SSLYBY appeared on “Last Call with Carson Daly” on Tuesday evening, a re-run of a previous show. The band is touring on the strength of “Pershing,” the 2008 album called “perfect pop music with delightful imperfections.”

They will be joined by locals Apartment 5, A Good Fight and Memphis Pencils. Admission is $7; the show starts at 9 p.m.

Here is a video of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin performing “Think I Wanna Die”:

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  • statesman

    I’m amazed SSLYBY doesn’t play Fayetteville regularly, and I wonder if the fact that they don’t says anything about the perception of the town outside of NWA these days. Springfield-to-Fayetteville is an easy, easy trip, and SSLYBY is still at that stage where they haven’t outgrown college-town clubs the size of George’s, but I guarantee they’ve played more shows in STL, KC, Columbia and Lawrence over the past four or five years than they have in NWA.

  • Kevin Kinder

    That’s an interesting thought. I know those who booked the show have been trying for months to get them down here, but I’m not sure the reasons for the delay.

    I get the feeling, from looking at the live music listings every week, that there are far more bands from Fayetteville playing Tulsa, Little Rock, Springfield and some of the cities you mention than there are bands from those cities playing gigs here.

  • statesman

    My extremely uneducated guess has always involved interstate routes. A touring band with little knowledge of the area would probably stick to OKC, Tulsa, Springfield and STL via I-44, Lawrence, KC, Columbia and STL via I-70, and/or OKC, Little Rock and Memphis via I-40, rather than make a detour down or up 540 and 71 to get to Fayetteville. It’s not an inaccessible town by any means, but it might be just inconvenient enough to skip. I haven’t talked to enough musicians to see if this is the case, nor have I talked to enough promoters to learn whether they have to sweeten the pot a little more around here than clubs in similarly sized towns closer to established touring routes.

    Fayetteville could probably benefit from having two or three bands circle the region together regularly — a sort of touring local showcase — as a way of networking with groups outside of Little Rock. Again, with no evidence to really back this up, I sometimes feel like few local bands feel a responsibility to reach out to their favorite bands from neighboring states and to encourage them by hook or by crook to start paying more visits. The local musicians ostensibly get out to clubs outside of NWA a lot more often than local promoters do, after all.