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Im gonna be honest: before Saturday night’s show at Webster Hall, I didn’t care much for Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. They were a band that always struck me as an indie-pop outfit placed on an unnecessarily high pedestal by bloggers; constantly venturing into the same open waters that other acts like Clap Your Hands And Say Yeah, The Shins, Islands, and every other clichéd white guy with an electric gee-tar ventures into with plans of nonconformity and uniqueness. Not to mention the name, easily one of the more pretentious band names, threw me as trying to seem intelligent, rather than be intelligent — ye know?
But hey, I don’t mind reevaluating my opinion when it comes to music. Especially considering I’ve never given them a fair chance— and lets just say: my god, was I mistaken..
I won’t go into specifics, cause who likes to read these days (queue sarcastic chuckle)— but I will note that the guys themselves, Philip Dickey (vocals and guitar/drums), Will Knauer (Vocals and Guitar), Tom Hembree (Bass) and Jonathan James (Drums/guitar), are equally, if not more approachable than their music is. But get these guys in a pocket sized room like The Studio at Webster Hall, and have them strum you a couple of twangy tunes off any of their albums from the last ten years— yeah, you heard me, ten years— and try not to fall head over heels for their infectious indie-pop. Spoiler alert: You can’t.
Anyway, here are a few little goodies I shot at the show. Check ‘em out and have fun with ‘em. If you’ve got nothing to do and these guys are playing, see ‘em—they’ll certainly be worth the 15 bucks.
Dickey knows how to swiftly and efficiently put on his sunglasses.. it's beautiful
He also struggles greatly with understanding the infinite complexities of a cellphone photo:
But the truth is, sometimes a photographer just needs a nod of approval:
And this one's just for the laugh: