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Laser-Attack - Schwede International Surfingdotdotdot
artworkThis CD contains a blend of rock and surf and guitar wizardry. It's off the beaten path for sure. Schwede International Surfing contains 20 songs as well as a number of 8-10 second interlude pieces.
Picks: Come On Over, On The Beach, Zeeland, Water Patrol, The Storm, Slow Motion In The Ocean, All The Time In The World, Cowabunga, The Long Board, Bubbles, Ocean Pacific, Cool Party, Surfin' Spot, Where Lovers Go, Back On The Train, The Party

Track by Track Review


Bruce Spider (Intro) dot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Industrial machine beat and sample with spyish jazz leanings. Wit the album set up as a movie, "Bruce Spider (Intro)" fits the bill. As a standalone track, it's much less interesting.

Come On Over dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This rock track is aggressive big rock candy with intense edge and great drums. "Come On Over" is hard not to pay attention to, especially with its big whammy chords and stinging guitar licks. You might be able to detect some Uli Roth influence.

On The Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

island chords, slow whammy warble, a relentless bass and beat, and a sweeping, loud, picturesque soundscape. Perhaps more rock than surf, but surely aligned with coastal happenings. Very cool track!

Zeeland dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"Zeeland" is a bit thick, wit some stinging whammy chords and dark tone in a relaxed atmosphere. It's much more rock than surf, and more riffy than melodic, yet it is able to keep you with it throughout.

Water Patrol dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Fun in the sun in the way some of the early eighties garage pop bands did surf. Not melodic, but with a post surf aquatic sense and upbeat pace and energy. If you understand that, you probably liked the Southern California scene circa 1982. Very cool!

The Storm dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"The Storm" is aggressive and slightly angry. It rocks and assaults like rock instros, with a progression that's not very surf, but does captivate.

Slow Motion In The Ocean dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Mid tempo cool, with layered guitars and a great rhythm section that moves gradually along. The drums are really good. The guitars suggest earlier times when psych was in bloom, but "Slow Motion In The Ocean" is surely not psychedelic.

Hurry Up dotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a rock instro with an uplifting energy. Lots of fun, but not really memorable.

All The Time In The World dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This slow number uses rock tones and melody stylings to portray hints of islands and sunsets. Its aquatic sense is strong enough, and the occasional whammy twango is retro psych. "All The Time In The World" is very pleasant - not pretty, but easy and groovy.

Cowabunga dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Guitar echo abounds, muted surf rhythms groove, and coastal guitar lines are in command. This is a really track - spooky, slithery, and compelling.

The Long Board dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"The Long Board" sports an edgy tone and hypnotic rhythm like what might have happened had Neu been a surfband. Very interesting!

Bubbles dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Slowly moving along a cove's edge, with very cool muted guitar lines. Like melodic dripping water torture for fun, "Bubbles" stops short of gimmick in that place where the novel is very cool.

Ocean Pacific dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Sunny chords and infectious chop chords support a friendly melody in modern tone. "Ocean Pacific" is an easy track with rock edge. While it's pretty basic, it really satisfies.

Shark Attack dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is an incredibly short track with a sort of punky edge and soaring guitars. Fun.

Cool Party dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Notes fly about in a time warp of circling slither. Hard edged, yet aquatic and aggressive. "Cool Party" eventually fades out as it falls apart, but while it lasts, it's very cool.

Surfin' Spot dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

A half-minute double picked manic exercise that creates images of storm surf into rocks. Draining and cool.

Where Lovers Go dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Great drums and thick tone, along with whammy warble generate a brief picture of metal surfers. Spunky and engaging.

The Cave dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"The Cave" moves in a lumbering bluesy way across the spectrum. It's dark and dangerous, and a little goofy.

Back On The Train dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

With hints of Southern rock, "Back On The Train" has a humid melodic sense about it. Rhythmic and cycling with string drums. Very modern and fluid.

Round 2 dotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"Round 2" is a heavy riff rocker with cool drums and intense guitar... and it starts fading out Almost as fast as it starts!

The Party dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Aptly titled, "The Party" is reminiscent of film score party scenes from the seventies. There are some very cool whammy dips and a solid melody line.