Track X Track: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Let It Sway
Springfield Missouri foursome Someone Still Love You Boris Yeltsin released their third record Let It Sway this week and lucky for us, drummer/songwriter/founding member Phil Dickey agreed to give us a track-by-track guide to the album.
After you find out below which song was written while riding a roller coaster, you can also check out a video about the making of the album here, download a track here and check out the band's UK tour dates here.
1. Back in the Saddle
Originally called "Back in the Saddle by Aerosmith" but our lawyer said we would get sued. I wrote most of this song after leaving a really boring party.
2. Let It Sway
Will wrote the majority music and John wrote the melody and the words. We didn't think this song was going to be on the album, but it became the title track.
3. Banned by the Man
A brief treatise on life after 'na na na na na na na na na na,' observed through the eyes of a son. This song may also speak to the ever-increasing probability of terror babies.
4. In Pairs
We took some unused lyrics from a really old song and them in a new song. It happened because one of my friends sent me a text message that said "I really like the lyric 'Not all of God's creatures come in pairs." We never even practiced the song before we recorded it. It all came together one afternoon in the studio.
5. My Terrible Personality
It's a song about getting on your own nerves. I tried to make the lyrics as embarrassing as possible.
Another John song. I'm not sure who it's about. Especially because I’ve never met a girl named Everlyn. I wrote all the synth parts in my head when I was riding a roller coaster at the fair.
7. Stuart Gets Lost Dans Le Metro
We've been working on this song on and off for the past decade. It's Will's baby because he first wrote the guitar riff when he was 16. So when I sat down to write the lyrics, I thought they should be more about Will's life than my own because it was his song. Most of the lyrics are about his favorite movie.
8. All Hail Dracula
I got the song name from a Jack Handey short story in the New Yorker. I promise it's not about Twilight vampires or anything like that. It's more about being antisocial and getting married, which seem to go hand in hand.
9. Critical Drain
John told me he wrote the melody one day when he was babysitting his little cousins and driving them around town. It's really fun to play live because it's our only song with the "American Girl" drum beat.
Another song we've been working on forever. Will and I wrote all the guitar parts years ago, but it took me ages to find the write melody. The lyrics are really depressing to me. I may have written them after I read ‘The Road’.
I borrowed a really famous poem by Lewis Carrol and wrote a melody for it. Then I added some of my own lyrics. All the lyrics contradict each other, which I really like. The demo was really slow and moody. The album version is pretty heavy.
12. Made to Last
John wanted to write a 50's style Roy Orbison song. I didn't like it at first because I thought it was kind of boring. But at some point it became my favorite song on the album.