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Springfield’s own Indie-pop band, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, has been known for quite a few things around the area, one of them being their unusual band name. However, that unusual name has now caught the interest of the Boris Yeltsin Foundation, who just so happens to sponsor one of Russia’s largest rock concerts. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has more about this local band going international.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is scheduled to headline the Old New Rock Festival this week in Ekaterinburge, Russia. The concert is sponsored by none other than the former Russian President’s foundation, a charity funded to support young people in various fields, including education, science, art and sports.
Band member Philip Dickey says that they had no idea the band name Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin would open up so many doors.
“I think we are still kind of shocked. It doesn’t seem like a real thing. I think we always thought the band name was kind of a curse because no one could take us seriously. But this is our second time going over to Russia,” said Dickey.
Not only will Someone Still Loves You be headlining Russia’s Old New Rock Festival but they also are scheduled to be “U.S. Ambassadors for a day” at an English speaking school in Ekaterinburge. There they will perform songs, give a short presentation, and take questions from students.
The band dreams that during the trip they meet one of the late Yeltsin’s relatives. Perhaps, one of his daughters currently working at the foundation. They’re also hoping their friend, Brooke Linder, will capture some good video footage of the trip.
“We are bringing our friend who is a local film maker and he is going to make a documentary about the trip. Hopefully we can screen it at the Moxi at some point in the spring or maybe the summer,” said Dickey.
Dickey also says that the band is working on songs for a new album and will be writing and creating demos. And yes, Dickey says he thinks one of the songs will be about their time in Russia.
For KSMU news, I’m Shannon Bowers