Karaoke Echo No. 1
'Listening to Elsewhere gives you the same sort of feeling you might get if you were in a train wreck and drugged on valium at the same time. You're dealing with some pretty heavy drama, but nevertheless your relaxed and apathetic toward the dilemma. Elsewhere are Hyrum Summerhays manning lead vocals and guitar, Chad Dorton supplying even more guitar, Jacob Wattleworth on bass, and Ray Childs on drums. The band exists somewhere in the floating space of late 80's, early 90's, British shoegazing downer dream pop. Influences could include The Cure, 'Gish'-era Smashing Pumpkins, Jesus and Mary Chain, Radiohead, Slowdive, or Ride -- enveloping guitar music for the soft and bashful' --Jory White MTV College Stringer (May 5, 1999) 'In many ways, they (Elsewhere) are anti-pop music with all the guitar hooks of a pop band. You can't be a pop band and write songs that consistently go beyond 5 minutes, can you? Perhaps if you are a pop band you can't be this honest. With this release we find Elsewhere closing in on the likes of the Red House Painters. They might not have reached the point where they can write like Mark Kozelek, but if you were to spiral Karaoke Echo No. 1 with Songs for a Blue Guitar I think you would be surprised at how well they mesh together. Some of the guitar solos might have gotten them kicked off 4AD and that's not a bad thing. Highly recommended.' --Unlisted Writer Slug Magazine December 2000.