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Yeltsin’s ‘Fly by Wire’ offers chamber pop goodness after Russian detour

The Missouri trio with the odd and long name makes a stop in Denton on Friday at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is touring in support of its latest release on Polyvinyl Record Co., Fly by Wire.

The three musicians — Phil Dickey, Will Knauer and Jonathan James — were all set to retreat into the attic where they made their debut album. But then, they hit a detour. A detour of 5,000 miles.

They were invited to the country of their eponym (Yeltsin, the first elected president of the Russian Federation, who served from 1991 to 1999). They met some of Yeltsin’s close friends, gratefully received seven bottles of pricey Russian vodka, and performed at an elementary school after the U.S. Consulate named the band ambassadors for the day. The band soon will release a documentary of its trip.

As for Fly by Wire, the album is a midtempo, mellow affair sporting shades of contemplative Brit rock — fuzzy guitars, gentle drumming and esoteric lyrics. There’s something shoe-gaze-y about the nine tracks, but the album also works as chamber pop, what with its gossamer keyboards, sighing vocals and electronic drum effects.

The band appropriately was booked with Denton’s indie/alt-country band Danny Rush and the Designated Drivers and local ambient Americana outfit the Calmative.

Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover is $9 for ages 21 and older and $11 for those younger than 21. Rubber Gloves is located at 411 E. Sycamore St.

— Lucinda Breeding