Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

The West loves Mikhail Gorbachev for his role in helping fulfill Reagan’s demands to “tear down that wall.” That wall was more than a division of East and West Germany but rather the embodiment of the separation of us as a global community, the metaphorical duct tape lined up between our nuclear bombs and tactical weaponry. Unfortunately, Gorbachev is anything but popular in his motherland where he was quickly replaced by Boris Yeltsin, the showboat leader who could out shimmy any other in the Duma.

When I met the guys from Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on their last tour, their genuine nice guy feel was a stark contrast to the eastern European namesake that they had taken upon them. I just wanted one of their shirts but what I got was a handshake and smile coupled with some of the most humble of harmonies. Their genuine friendliness is more than apparent through their music where they sing of heartache through playful imagery such as massive land formations pulling apart from one another (“Pangea”). In a lot of ways, SSLYBY is a reminder of what happens when young music makers lock themselves in their rooms with Pinkerton. Even in its throwback emo-riffic moments, it’s still humbling to have music this solid bring me back to those moments of youth and lost love.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Pangea
[www] Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - I Am Warm And Powerful


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