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The Insect Surfers - Sonar Safaridotdotdotdot
artworkThe original concept from the days in DC when Dave's understanding of things surf was limited to surfing the subway. I have to say that his material from these days is exceptional. They were a unique band in a time when experimental pop was the order of the day. A great record. Wonderful vocal tracks and instros too.
Picks: Sound Of The Surf, Twenty 9, Barricade Beach, Blue Line, Open My Eyes

Track by Track Review


Sound Of The Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

More upbeat and poppy than prior works, this has just the slightest hint of Insect arrangements to come. It's a vocal with words longing for the ocean's curl. The keys are gone, and the intensity is up, while the vocal style is more gloomy. A fine surf vocal.

Twenty 9 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Super warbled guitar tones, or are those keys? It makes no never-mind when the Insects Surfers are at the controls. This sports a simple melody that blends in with the backtrack. It has enough changes and things going on that the blended structure works really well. I found myself carried along with it to parts unknown, while not realizing I was getting sucked in. It's a bit psycho, a lot eighties, and just enough surfy to capture the soul of an old gremmie.

Barricade Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Infectious backtrack work, sixties keyboard riffs, catchy cool rhythms, occasional guitar glissandoes, and deluxe lyrics combine to create a surf vocal of must-have proportions. This fine track was also issued on a flexidisc with Trouser Press or some such mag.

Blue Line dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty interesting track. The guitar work displays the Dave Arnson we all know of today, but is over a decade old. It shows just how early Dave was forming his unique style, and how easily it blends with keyboards and eighties structures. It's a very fine track, with some nice production, and a lot of soul.

Open My Eyes dotdotdot
Eighties Pop (Vocal)

A "Can't Explain" opening line transitions into an eighties pop song. It's a nice number, but I didn't find it to be of the caliber of "VOA" or "Barricade Beach."