Sunday, 14 July 2013

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Nightwater Queen

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Top travel tip for bands: name yourself after someone famous who lives far away. Before returning to their attic to record forthcoming fourth album 'Fly By Wire' (out September 17th), Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin were invited to Russia by the Boris Yeltsin Foundation in Yekaterinburg. There they met the late leader's friends and personal translator, were given bottles of expensive vodka (naturally) and performed to a primary school, before ending their trip by becoming the first US band to play at Russia's Old Nu Rock Festival. So it's been an eventful time, although you suspect the possible irony of their name was missed by someone somewhere along the line...

'Nightwater Queen' is the first single from the new album and it's a fuzzy indie-rock tune that's full of melody; so pretty much as you'd expect really. They verge on grunge here at some points, but then resort to a Strokesy riff and some more deft guitar work. The vocals offset the weight of the over-driven guitar brilliantly and make for an alternative song with mainstream potential, something they do without sounding the slightest bit like they're selling-out or engineering their sound to be more commercial. It might simply be that at this point in their career, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have reached the point where they could step up a level. We'll find out if they have when the album arrives.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's website

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Catch them live:

Oct 10 Mojo's, Columbia, MO

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