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1.
Line On You 02:19
We got so goddamn drunk I felt ashamed when we woke up Does anyone remember why I got those scratches on my eye I've got a line on you I've got a line on you, my love I'm pretty sure it was love all right The way you walked across the room that night And now you act like it's understood You're cool, you're cool, you're cool, you're cool Girl I've got a line on you I've got a line on you, my love Yeah, it was love But I had enough
2.
Last time I saw you I played it cool Now someone's been nice to you Is it all he had to do? Love isn't easy but it sure is hard enough And I keep messin' up Talkin' 'bout your love Talking really, really bad shit I don't care All the good songs and poems are all about you And all the bad ones, too I just get confused God only knows how anyone could live in a city where you don't live The things that I would give Are you a really, really bad kid? Kid, I can't tell
3.
Goal Mind 02:22
When I wake up in the sunlight I feel resolve In the distant slight of mood light, I can't solve Get up, allow the ether to lead you to the surest air Don't you know our secrets blink, yeah they'll cake your heart Yeah they'll rake your heat And if you Don't renew That guilty hideaway I know why So say so It's faulty light known There's a motion in the gold mine, a sliver of sight And a notion in the goal mind, burns too bright Wandering, albeit the future, or hope we might Fix bliss upon your own sewn rope, go figure the plight, Yeah disfigure the slight Absolved I dissolve A mirage I can't solve
4.
Full possession of all her powers Skin like marble and her hair is full of flowers Smile on her lips 'cause she finds you attractive Everybody saw her, we overreacted Big big money don't make me blue I will always chase things like you Smile on her lips 'cause she finds you attractive Don't be like that, you overreacted I used to think that she hung the moon I never learned anything in school I got kinda lost and I got kinda sad We'll always have what we had They found a bag in her party dress She cried when they kicked her out of the dance I wish I could show you my gratitude Climb a ladder to your roof, to your room, to the moon Full possession of all her powers Skin like marble and her hair is full of flowers Smile on his lips 'cause she finds you attractive That boy, he's radioactive Big, big money don't make me blue I will always chase things like you Smile on her lips 'cause she finds you attractive Don't be like that, you overreacted
5.
Madeline 02:07
I hate having problems Please find me, Madeline I'm down at the TV station Please find me, Madeline Space and rock 'n' roll and a broken nose Please find me, Madeline I've been talking to the man again Please find me, Madeline I'm down at the police station Please find me, Madeline Standing on burning coals with a broken nose Please find me, Madeline
6.
What I Won 02:59
Never had a friend quite like you Never talked to no one like I talked to you You and my guitar Sat in the car Never had a friend to talk to you And all my life what I want, what I won And I ask, yeah I ask, what I'm for, what I'm for
7.
Stevie Guess what I've really been thinking Do you wanna do the twist with me now, Stevie Last night We were back in the high life Sitting on your bed Do you, do you wanna dance? She said, she said It's now or Trevor Stevie Tell me what you think about history Do you wanna bring down fascists with me, Stevie? How come You need a higher love? You're the finest thing Do you, do you wanna dance? Oh my God Jesus Christ Didn't Trevor betray you three times?
8.
She, she would say She, she would say All things return their worth She, she would say Not far in the future, not far inland A foreign future forms in your hand Suns red rise and skies divide Fortune shines and signs in kind In a hum Far in numb And I should tell you In a lull I feel droll Knee deep in the fern I, I just sigh I, I just sigh All things will lose their light I, I just sigh
9.
Song Will 01:31
We met at a party Got out of there quickly I want you in my band Can I be in your band? Tune your guitar Let’s drive your blue car Talk on your front porch Dream in the attic You gave me your friends This road never ends Let’s drive to the ocean Back for the summer You roll a number I think we're brothers
10.
I sorry for what I done I sorry for what I shun I stood in the sun Felt good about what I done New Do' I blurry on when I drone I blurry on when I shone I stood all alone Felt clear when I drone New Do'
11.
We brushed death We clashed teeth Smartest girl you will ever meet I'm not so good I kinda dumb A luckiest boy you will ever meet I got my life I got my friends And that is all we will ever need We got this feelin' We got this moment And that is all we will ever need And I'm not afraid And if I land up in the air Could I melt down anywhere The world is blurred from way up here Coming uncurled this is clear Yeah, I'm not afraid We touched God We skinned sin We found life even stranger My dim wits Your wisdom Lets cherish our accomplishments This time we say it This time we mean it This time it all falls into place We know we want it We wanna know it The water boils near the edge And I'm not afraid

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In many ways, The High Country is the record Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin has been building up to its entire career.

A raw pop record infused with undeniable hooks, distortion pedals, passion, grit, and maybe a little insanity, The High Country is the first SSLYBY album to truly capture the power and energy the group exudes when performing live.

“We’ve always cranked our amps up in practice and at shows, but we always kept it off our records,” says guitarist/vocalist Phil Dickey. “This time we wanted to go beyond our mid-tempo tendencies and make something really satisfying.”

Opening track “Line On You” bears witness to this desire with gloriously fuzzed out Pinkerton-era Weezer guitar lines that don’t let up for two minutes.

“Step Brother City” follows at an even faster tempo, its pedal-to-the-floor drum beat perfectly mirroring the lyrical narrative of a relationship come and gone too quickly. Between contagious “oo-oo-ooh” refrains, Dickey croons the album’s most brilliantly incisive couplet: “All the good songs and poems are all about you / And all the bad ones, too.”

Even the ballads are authentically rough around the edges. Case in point — “Madeline,” which was tracked at 4 AM immediately after Dickey blew out his voice recording “Trevor Forever,” the punk rock anthem you wish you’d been able to scream along to as a teenager.

SSLYBY recorded The High Country as a power trio consisting of Dickey, guitarist/vocalist Will Knauer, and bassist Tom Hembree, a founding member of the group who left after Broom, but returned to (as Dickey describes it) “stir things up in the best way possible and demand we play louder and faster.”

After a month spent demoing and practicing, the three musicians convened at Seattle’s legendary Hall of Justice to record with engineer Beau Sorenson (Superchunk, Garbage).

Studio owner Chris Walla (who, with Sorenson, produced SSLYBY’s third full-length Let It Sway) also assisted in an unofficial capacity, dropping in now and then to lend gear and give feedback on early mixes.

A week later, the only task that remained was choosing the album title. Hembree was ultimately the one to suggest The High Country, a name with no particular meaning beyond the simple fact the band members thought it sounded good.

And perhaps that criteria is more fitting than anything else. Because, when it comes right down to it, with The High Country SSLYBY have crafted a collection of songs that just sound damn good.

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released June 2, 2015

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