Polyvinyl says there is no release date yet, but the new album should be out in the fall, so we just got to make it through the summer. If anyone catches them on tour, they'll probably play a new song or two and hopefully there will be videos popping up on youtube of the live performances. I'll keep my ears alert at the NYC show!
Jonathan James posted this on Twitter today: "Doing the track sequencing / layout for the next Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin record".
So, track sequencing means figuring out the best order to put the songs in so that you start off with a bang, making sure you don't put too many songs of the same key or speed or length or style next to each other, and putting near the end any songs that are really different from what they normally do (like all-instrumental or super-long that slowly fade out or something.)
Since he put a slash between sequence and layout I'm going to assume layout means track layout. I assume it's too early for the other type of layout - album art, fonts, acknowledgements, etc. for the CDs and LPs.
Oh hey everyone. So excited about the new record. I did an email interview with Phil (hoping to have in published in a sort of mainstream publication here in the Philippines wish me luck!) and I got a lot of info regarding the new record. They have a song called Loretta, and apparently there's a lot of Casiotone going on in many of the songs. I really hope my publication of choice can run the story because the interview went really well. Also, I love Phil. He's the nicest dude. But of course everyone knows that already.
Of course! The editor I emailed hasn't responded yet, though (I don't understand people who don't respond to emails as quickly as I do haha). But here's an excerpt:
If you could choose 5 songs on your discography that you think will properly introduce you to music fans, which songs would they be and why?
1. “Let's Get Tired”: this is the first song that really clicked in the studio. Zero testosterone and zero attitude. Probably a good introduction to our band. 2. “I Am Warm and Powerful”: This one is cheating because it's two song in one. We tried to do the "A Day in the Life" thing with a slow part and a fast part in the middle. 3. “HEERS”: I like how the melody is front and center. We've always tried to stick to our melodic guns. And the lyric involve our hometown and family. That's always been a reoccurring theme. 4. “Sink/Let It Sway”: It's my favorite one to play live because I get to spend most of the song clapping and dancing around. 5. “House Fire”: We've probably played this song over 500 times. I inherited an old Casiotone keyboard from my great aunt and used it on the recording. It has really warm sound and we use it a lot on the new album.
Yay, I'm glad you're interview went well kannika, I would love to share it if it gets published. If they are lame and choose not to publish it, we can publish it here for you nonetheless! I just received word from Polyvinyl that pre-orders may begin next week, but nothing is set in stone just yet.
I cannot wait for September, their preview vids always do this to me. I'm hoping John Rob's absence in the preview is just of coincidence.
UPDATESo I emailed Phil asking about the preview. He stated that John Rob has left the band. It was an amicable split. Tom Hembree, the original SSLYBY bassist will rejoin for the summer 2013 tour and Phil's sister will begin playing piano for SSLYBY in the fall.
John Rob is moving away from Springfield. They discussed trying to make it work, but in the end decided it would not work out. It's a sad day, but I know Phil has been doing more and more vocal work over the past couple of years and he's gotten pretty good, so I have faith in the future of SSLYBY. There were a few shows I saw when John Rob lost his voice and Phil had to sing some of his songs like Pangea and I Am Warm and Powerful so I know Phil is up for the challenge during the summer shows I will miss John Rob deeply. He was the first member of the band I met when I saw them play in a bowling alley.
I don't think he's involved in the album. Phil says a lot John Rob's influences are there because Phil learned how to improve his vocals from him. So it should be interesting. I agree seeing them play their set in NYC will feel strange since I've been seeing John Rob sing since 2006. But ya SSLYBY 4EVA