Multivision is an extraordinary and eclectic instrumental album. It combines various elements of surf, space, punk, hot rod and spaghetti western into an unusually compelling mix of sounds. The interstellar overtones let your imagination run wild. Multivision conjures up the awe and mystery of space.
Some of the tracks have a huge, majestic ‘Wall of Sound’ feel to them. They expand the musical envelope that surrounds the listener. Some are mesmerizing, while others are adrenaline pumpers. All of them are exceptionally good.
As has been described regarding Multivision, “…mixing stellar surf vibes with a big city rock sound.” It’s an accurate description. The only thing I would add is the surf vibes and big city rock sound make a perfect mix. The result is a delicious blend of nine original tasty tracks.
Multivision is the debut album of Spaceguards, an instrumental “indie” surf punk band from Amsterdam. They are excellent musicians, composers and arrangers. The quality of their abilities is clearly evident in Multivision.
Graphic designer Jane Mack created the artwork on the CD cover and insert. It’s absolutely beautiful and is artistically true to the musical contents contained on the CD.
Rosetta - Huge, huge sound. Rosetta is very spacey and surrealistic. It’s like a transcendental deep space voyage with lofty interstellar music providing the propulsion. Rosetta is a terrific track and a great way to begin the CD.
Chase - It’s not only a Chase, it’s a high-energy, in-your-face, catch-me-if-you-can screamer. Did I just hear a flying saucer? Ya got that right, Sherlock, and those instro punkers are after us. Keep looking over your shoulder and don’t stop running, ’cause the Chase is on … and they’re gaining ground. The Chase is a bad-ass, knuckle-biting, punk ‘n’ hot rod scorcher.
Strangelove - Call me the somnambulant one. It’s like I’m walking in my sleep while someone is controlling me. I feel as though Svengali is pulling my strings and I’m helpless to do anything other than be his marionette. Strangelove is a mysterious, hypnotic song driven by an excellent arrangement and instrumentation. Now, if I can just wake up…
Multivision - The title track has kick-ass hyperdrive action all of the way. Multivision makes me think of a suicide trip through a bad neighborhood on the other side of Alpha Centauri. You know what I’m takin’ about … where the Klingons and Romulans hide out. Neat, wild tune.
Stampede - This is an absolutely great space ‘n’ spaghetti western tune. Excellent guitar driven FX. Huge sound. Stampede has a hauntingly beautiful feel to it. If someone was driving cattle in deep space, Stampede would be their theme song. Terrific and imaginative.
Pluto - Hyper tune with more stamina than an energized bunny. Those strategically placed pauses have an interesting effect on your balance and autonomic nervous system. Oh, oh … my heart stopped. Whoa, there it goes.
Rio Jara - This is a cool song to accompany you on a warp drive cruise through the galaxy. Imagine hauling ass on your space scooter, dodging meteors and watching the stars fly by. Rio Jara is the type of tune you want to pop into your space scooter’s music player when you’re looking for some interstellar action. If you don’t have a space scooter, pop it into your hot rod’s CD player and you’ll get all of the highway action you could ever want. Rio Jara is filled with intense action-packed drama from start to finish.
Stoner Bay - Far out, man. Colors, I see colors. Stoner Bay is trippy. It’s changing the colors of the beach, the waves, the sky and the clouds into all of the colors of a rainbow. Just the right amount of distortion gives Stoner Bay that ’60s/’70s stoned-out acid feel.
Whale - Very cool, very ethereal tune. Whale immediately works its way into the psyche and evokes thoughts and images of deep space and deep oceans. It’s as though you’re in a dreamlike state where things aren’t completely clear, but you know they are there. Is that some sort of nebulous creature wandering the galaxies or is it a ghostly whale circling the ocean’s depths in search of a long lost time and place? Whale is mysterious, eerie and totally cool.
(Justin Hayes, SurfRockMusic.com)
Kicking off with something of a U2 sound on Rosetta, Spaceguards are a Dutch guitar four-piece with a lively set of original material. Their metier is delivering soaring guitar solos over pumping bass lines and, with its nine tracks averaging under two and a half minutes, Multivision is an album which gives you that good old-fashioned instrumental blast and leaves you wanting more.
These are all highly charged performances and even the slower Strangelove is driven by crashingly expansive guitar chords while the closing mood piece Whale is a menacingly beautiful slice of underwater atmosphere. There’s a western flavour to the fast thrusting Rio Jara, Stoner Bay is an infectiously riffing rocker and Stampede is a scorcher that could be the offspring of Billy Idol’s White Wedding. All tracks mentioned are excellent, and if The Edge ever made an instrumental album then he should aspire to something as good as this from Spaceguards. (Alan Taylor, Pipeline Magazine, UK)
The younger surf-rock instrumental bands of 2012 have a new genre to patrol: Thrash Metal Surf. The genre of near hard rock surf is pioneered successfully on Multivision—the 2012 CD by Holland’s newest instro band Spaceguards. With just 9 tracks clocking in at around 20 minutes, Multivision introduces The Spaceguards as one of the preeminent instrumental bands in Europe today. They have even supported Dick Dale in concert. Dale is the ultimate guitar monster for this genre of music and Spaceguards do right by Dick and Link Wray’s legacy with the very sonically explosive instro rock sounds of Multivision. Give a listen to Spaceguards in this early part of their career and you can say, I told you so. (Robert S. Silverstein, MWE3.com)
Spaceguards is a band from Amsterdam that is interesting for a couple reasons. We (obviously) are making it our pick for Surf Music Sunday, but this band also would not be out of place on Far-Out Thursday. Is this a surf band like others we’ve featured? No, not really. It’s not nearly as traditional as some of our previous Surf Music Sunday features. That being said, this band (like any surf band worth its salt) believes in reverb. It also believes in volume. This band is definitely rooted in surf, but it is rooted equally in punk. The songs on Multivision are surf songs…with the tempo and the volume both cranked up to levels that most surf bands don’t approach. If you like surf and punk equally, this band will be a great addition to your collection. (Incognitomusicmagazine.com)
Grande surpresa vindo diretamente da Holanda, mais especificamente de Amsterdã, misturando a música surf instrumental com o peso do electro-indie-rock moderno, lembrando mestres como Dick Dale, Man Or Astroman? em alguns momentos, Pixies e até Arctic Monkeys. Este EP de estréia, chamado Multivision traz 9 petardos instrumentais altamente espaciais e atmosféricos. Não deixe de comprar essa preciosidade. (Sonata Magazine, Brasil)