Someone Still Loves You Boris Yelstin
|23-Apr-2008 06:26 am||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
For the second time in a week, I was out at a show enjoying the music of a band whose popularity grew mostly through internet buzz, although with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yelstin the favourable reviews on their first album Broom from both Spin Magazine and Pitchfork may have helped a little as well. The band name is definitely quirky, but melodic indie-pop is what they're all about. Given their name, it seemed appropriate to have a local band also with a quirky name, Oh No Forest Fires, opening the night.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yelstin (SSLYBY)SSLYBY independently released Broom in 2005 and after signing on with Polyvinyl the album was remastered and rereleased in late 2006. It has a number of happy lo-fi indie-pop tracks such as What'll We Do, House Fire, and my favouriteAnne Elephant. And just a few weeks ago now, their latest album Pershing was released. So it should be no surprise that they're out touring North America now.
Before they arrived to play in Toronto, I sent the band an email, and slipped in a (hopefully) subtle request to include the song Anne Elephant in the set list when they played here. It was Phil Dickey (drums, guitar, vocals) who responded to let me know, in a friendly way, that it was unlikely. But that exchange got me singing the song in my head, which in turn made me realize that I didn't really know a lot of the lyrics. So I decided to search for the lyrics on the internet, but what I discovered is that the lyrics are a bit of a mystery... and a popular discussion topic for their fans. I read a few interpretations while listening to the song on good headphones, and I'm pretty sure none of them were better than 50%. For what it's worth, I've put my best attempt at the the bottom of this article... I'm sure it's not correct either.
Anyway, they didn't play Anne Elephant for me, but they did play House Fire (from Broom) which sounded excellent live, and covered a lot of great material off their new album as well. Phil Dickey, Jonathan James, and John Cardwell switched around instruments for about a third of the set, with Phil going from drums to guitar/vocals, Jonathan going from bass to drums, and John going from guitar to bass. Will Knauer stayed on lead guitar for the entire set. If you're looking for the song to start with from Pershing, I highly recommend Oceanographer (find it on eMusic.com). It's was the most immediately likable song, for me. But if you'd like a taste of the new album right now, have a listen to Think I Wanna Die. The band is out touring until the end of May, check out their MySpace page for details.
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Via AudioVia Audio played a bizarre set, starting out with heavily 80's-inspired pop, passing through soft-rock, and ending up with straight indie-rock.
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Oh No Forest FiresThese guys have tightened up a bit since the last time I saw them, which isn't a huge surprise since that was only their sixth performance. I think there's still a rough edge here and there, but overall they're good guitar-based indie-rock, so I was definitely sucked in to a few songs. If you're looking for some great local Toronto music, it would be hard not to have a good time with these five on stage. Rajiv Thavanathan (vocals, guitar) is a strange and unique force, with his seemingly off-beat jumping around I was constantly amazed that his guitar playing was right on queue. Keep an eye out for them.
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Lyrics for Anne Elephant (as heard by Pete Nema)Tonight I swished it out of all this
So we put it 'nto a bottle
It's what punched the tide baa-ack to the moon
It's quite conclusively a running breathing pattern
Being scribbled out like hands over th' sand
So I ticked and I tocked until I couldn't talk no more
I have reached [con] southern shore [lee got] a stone
And I'll have t' get along without needin' my cat a callin'
I'm your prisoner of incompetence 'n sewn
[Interlude with mumbling]
I'm going to get you
I'm gonna get you
I'm going to get you
I'm gonna get you
[Longer Interlude with lots of quiet mumbling]
Ahh ahh ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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