Elsewhere’s latest single “Call You Out” marries their rock songwriting chops and a rousing pop sensibility with memorable results. The three piece hailing from Boston has, likewise, seized upon a subject certain to curry favor with many. “Call You Out” is a defiant “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” blast of fury directed towards bad bosses; it isn’t a topic rock or pop songs typically broach, but it strikes a note of universal appeal and songwriter Michael Aroian delivers a convincing, impassioned vocal.
Drummer Adam Soucy is a particular standout. His skill in managing the song’s tricky tempo never misses a beat and gives “Call You Out” churning and propulsive urgency. His rhythm section partner bassist Kevin Swaluk locks in with Soucy from the outset. Power trios, for many, often suffer from the lack of a second guitarist and it typically calls the bass player to double the guitar part in some significant degree. Swaluk, however, doesn’t quite do that. He does tailor his bass playing to complement the guitar to a certain extent, but his playing works more in counterpoint rather than mimicry.
Aroian’s guitar work keeps busy but coherent. There’s never any sense of him piling on notes just for the sake of making a sufficient racket and his lead guitar contributions in the song are far from glory-seeking. His guitar playing is constantly searching for ways to make the track stronger rather than grabbing the spotlight for himself. This aesthetic defines the band as a whole – all three members play as an unit.
The self-described progressive elements in the band’s music are, at least in this case, more about the clear musicianship they bring to the table rather than the band exploring an expansive multi-textural composition. “Call You Out” is, despite its roaring guitar and thunderous drums, a pop song at heart. It’s no slight. Aroian knows how to check off all the expected boxes for the best of the form and “Call You Out” vividly illustrates the band’s talents for unadulterated power pop.
The spirit inhabiting Elsewhere’s music is the one of a true believer. This song, among earlier tracks, is an affirmation of popular music’s potential for providing transformative listening experiences. Elsewhere is booked to play December 14th at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club opening for Our Lady Peace on the latter’s Stop Making Stupid People Famous tour. Boston has mandated mask wearing for all patrons/concertgoers and attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID within the last two weeks and show printed proof of immunization. In lieu of that, attendees can provide the venue with printed proof of a negative COVID test within the prior 72 hours. Unvaccinated attendees under 12 years old are required to take a COVID diagnostic test within the previous 72 hours and must also provide the same printed poof of vaccination upon entering the venue.
MORE INFO ON 12/14 CONCERT: https://crossroadspresents.com/pages/more-info-event?eventid=vvG17ZpwDQJ9q5&venueid=KovZpZA11JtA
Cast any grievances, real or imagined, you may have against those protocols. Elsewhere will command the stage like few of their contemporaries can in one of the premier rock venues on the East Coast. The Paradise Rock Club has hosted many powerful acts over its history and “Call You Out” proves this hometown trio deserves to be in their company.
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