This explains why I saw a picture of Tom playing with them at a fundraiser show in the last couple weeks. It didn't show the whole stage, so I couldn't see if John Rob was in it or not. I had imagined someday that the band as a whole might call it quits, but it never crossed my mind that just one would leave (especially one of two lead singers) and the band would ever have a new reconfiguration. Happens all the time, they're just my favorite band, so it never crossed my mind, especially since they've had this configuration so long. Makes sense though, with them getting older that at some point one of them would move from Springfield. Lots of bands do the long distance thing, but from what I can tell their creative process has always pretty heavy on John or Phil writing part of a song on guitar, showing it to the rest during practice (especially at practice for a hometown show), with stuff that works getting played at a show, and stuff that works there getting recorded and making its way into a future album if it feels right. (That's just my guess cause I got to see them play a lot of local shows between the time Pershing was released and Let It Sway was released).
I'm very excited they're able to keep recording and playing at this point and that they have people playing with them with long histories with the band.
Nightwater girlfriend sounded awesome live. They played another new song off their album but I'm not sure of the name. I think SSLYBY is going to release another great album and continue putting on awesome and fun shows. I had a lot of fun and wish I hit up some other sets on the coast. They were giving sweet SSLYBY wayfarers if you preordered the new album. Hopefully that's something they will also do with the Polyvinyl preorders. Another SSLYBY tour is due to arrive in October!