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Interview: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

borisyeltsinSomeone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin returned recently with the rather wonderful new album Fly By Wire. Without giving too much away, if you found a bookmaker offering odds on that being our album of the year and you put a few quid on it….well, let’s just say you’d be doing well with the whole transaction. Yes, it’s an absolute corker, full of delights that softly sneak up on your heart and then steal it. The hushed vocals recall The Pains of Being Pure at Heart while the oddly affecting melodies twinkle like the Cure at their heartfelt poppiest. We caught up with the band to ask about the album and what’s in store for them next:

The album is another evolution in sound for you. Is it a conscious decision each time or does it happen more organically?

Both. The songs themselves happen organically, but once they appear we still consciously shape them into a more specific direction and theme.

Do you still think in terms of a complete album or does the download age change that?

Again I think we have to consider both. I think the idea of a full album still comes first to me even though while we’re recording we have an idea of how to market which songs first, and how, in considering the digital age.

What were you listening to when writing the album?

Fleetwood Mac. REM. Tom Tom Club. Brother Wiley.

The world has changed massively even from your first album to through to this one – does that affect the writing?

I think our lives changing so much individually has altered the writing just as much as the world changing has. But the world changed us so I suppose they operate in tandem.

What are the main themes of the record lyrically?

Rollercoasters, androids, the sun, kung-fu, old ladies at Tolstoy’s house/museum in Moscow, knitting, ghosties, the Cinnamon Girl, and Rutger Hauer.

With live dates coming up, how do you decide what gets put in the set and what’s left out?

Sometimes we ask our followers on Facebook and Twitter what they want to hear. Sometimes they request songs that we forgot how to play years ago. We always try to play something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

Any plans to visit the UK/Europe next year?

Yep! We’re planning about a 2 week long tour some time in January and hope to hit a lot of great places in Europe.

And (we always ask this!) – you have one bullet in the gun and immunity from prosecution. Who (or what) is getting it?

The gun is getting it. That would be one less to worry about.

Fly By Night is available on iTunes, Spotify and all other major retailers. For physical copies and up-to-the-minute band info, check out their official site.

3 Responses

  1. this band is the purest form of garbage

  2. from this interview they sound lovely so I’m going to go and have a listen!

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