Something For Kate
Elsewhere for 8 Minutes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Douglas USER (81 Reviews)
April 25th, 2010 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The beginning of a legacy.

In 1994 at a local Melbourne pub, 3 friends in Paul Dempsey, Clint Hyndman and Julian Carroll (Julian left the band after the release of Elsewhere For 8 Minutes and was replaced by Stephanie Anworth), took the dip of putting their funds together and recording an album. What resulted was Elsewhere For 8 Minutes, a fantastic debut album by a band that was soon to become one of the biggest names in Australian music, Something For Kate had made their initial yet, lasting impression on anybody that took notice.

Elsewhere For 8 Minutes is really a stand-alone record in the SFK discography, as it is the one album that is very grunge rock focussed, leaving out any of the alternative and tender pop hooks that are found in albums like, The Official Fiction and Desert Lights. The sound of the band was very gruff, which suited the unique stylising of Dempsey’s vocals. No better example of this is one of the most celebrated Something For Kate tunes, “Captain (A Million Miles an Hour)” which is a very bass and drum heavy song. The beat is syncopated, and the guitar locks right into this, while Dempsey’s vocals are really a highlight as the flourish all over this grungy tune with bravo, as “Captain” shows off Dempsey’s vocal range quite subtly. Another example of this grunge rock styling is fan favourite “Pinstripe”, a simple song, that features some fantastic guitar and bass duelling from Dempsey and Carroll during the verses, while the bridge has an almost Kidcrash sound about things. Lyrically the song is the usual Dempsey standard – impeccable, as the discussion of how things that are lost can never be gotten back are sung in glorious metaphors.

"You're the last day of April every year
You're grey, feeling for something, anything, you can't have
Oversize, owning the road
Pulled by a current, tossed over in the wind

You focus your sights and try
Try to stare up at the sky
Does it hurt your eyes?
Maybe you'll go blind
Or maybe all you'll see is, all you'll see is sunshine
Sunshine"


Yes, Elsewhere For 8 Minutes does not have the most fantastic production as the vocals are sometimes overpowering, the cymbals cut through like a church bell, the guitar tone is slightly askew and the bass is almost – gasp – the loudest instrument heard, yet this really shouldn’t deter the listening experience, as you begin to hear the wonderful sounds and be empowered by the lyrics that is Something For Kate, a band that after Elsewhere For 8 Minutes were to become one of Australia’s most favourite and loved bands. This is why we should all be thankful, that at that pub in 1994, Something For Kate had decided to record.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Douglas
April 26th 2010


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Woot, 50 reviews, finished the SFK discog and I'm on holidays for two weeks starting today.

Douglas
April 26th 2010


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Confronting.

AtavanHalen
April 26th 2010


17920 Comments


Grab his flamin' balls, mate!

Douglas
April 26th 2010


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Indeed.

TheSpirit
April 26th 2010


27896 Comments


Congrats on 50 and sweet review as usual!

Digging: Dodsrit - Mortal Coil

Douglas
April 26th 2010


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man.

Douglas
April 26th 2010


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also order of SFK releases best to not best: Beautiful Sharks = The Official Fiction > Elsewhere For 8

Minutes > Desert Lights > Echolalia



Oh, and Dempsey is writing for a new SFK album as we speak.

Eclectic
April 26th 2010


3302 Comments


Oh, and Dempsey is writing for a new SFK album as we speak.

Nice, I might just get a chance to see them live. Twould be good stuff I imagine.

Good review Doug.
Wow, time really has flown. I remember when you had just over 20 of the damn things.

Douglas
July 13th 2010


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, missed this comment.. myi baad.



Yeah, apparently the writing is taking longer than expected due to Dempsey trying recapture an early SFk sound - omgomgomgomgomg yess - so I'll let them take all the time they need.



Yeah, they are a fantastic live band. Recordings don't do them justice!



MJTheOne
July 13th 2010


8 Comments


This review is alright Douglas, however I do have some agnosticism as to your writing idiosyncrasys.

Douglas
July 13th 2010


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lawlz

Eclectic
July 13th 2010


3302 Comments


Great! Can't wait to hear it.

cageofman
November 16th 2020


168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think you had to be there and grown up with it to appreciate it as much as the reviewer, Captain is by far the standout, prick, anarchitect and roll credits all decent, but i find the rest hard to digest when i compare to songs off Echolalia and the official fiction etc.



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