Sunday, June 10, 2007

It's A Bit Buggy Out There


Insect Surfers



Death Valley Coastline



1996



Review by Phil Dirt

The long awaited fourth album from the Insect Surfers has finally seen the light of day on CD. The Insects started life in the Washington DC area over a decade ago, where they issued a pair of great records of new wave surf-o-pop, which still find their way onto my playlists from time to time, especially "Dorsal Fin", "Up Periscope," and "VOA." After a move to LA in the late 80's, Dave Arnson formed a new version of the band, with way fewer vocals and a more West Coast / Southwest sound, eventually ending up with no vocals at all. The Insect sound today is not classic surf by any stretch of the imagination, with Dan Sullivan 's Flying V and the smooth distorto guitars only slightly reverbed and their ever present Southwest mystique. Their now impossible to find (except on vinyl) third album "Reverb Sun" is a stellar disc, and their third of the "Summer Surf" CD is equally grand. They have issued a 10 inch vinyl mini-album with a few of these tracks called "East-West" which also ncluded two tracks from "Summer Surf" not on the CD. The rest of this album as been circulating on cassette since then, until now, when it is finally out on CD. The lineup is the classic dueling twin leads of Dave Arnson and Dan Sullivan , Dan Vallenti on bass (now with the Boardwalkers ) and Jeff Utterback on drums, now in the Tiki Tones . "Mig Alley," "Razorback," and "Re-Entry" sport Mike O'Neill on bass, and Steve Birdowski (ex-Jon & the Nightriders) on drums. Picks: Tiger Shark, Razorback, Psychotronic, Third Stone, Diamondback, Walking Distance, Bengazi, Stingray, Ocean Maid, Re-Entry, Volcano Juice, Huntington Beer Dance, 77 Gaza Strip, Mig Alley



Tiger Shark.mp3
Razorback
Psychotronic
Third Stone
Diamondback
Walking Distance
Bengazi
Stingray
Ocean Maid
Re-entry
Volcano Juice
Huntington Beer Dance
77 Gaza Strip
Mig Alley


http://rapidshare.com/files/36365253/Insect_Surfers-_Death_Valley_Coastline.rar





7 comments:

Gyro1966 said...

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NY Pete

1Surfrider said...

Tearrrrrriffic surf stuff.

Thanks

1Surfrider

C-500 said...

Jeezus!! What a blog you have here, man...
I'll be back again and again and...

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Mike from Bonn

Bucephalus said...

Thanks.

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Andrea said...

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