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The Insect Surfers - S/T [demo]dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first demo from the reformed Insect Surfers It's a fine cassette, demonstrating the power to come, and the writing skill that is characteristic of their sound. It dates from 1988.
Picks: Insect Stomp, Zuma Slam, Halley's Beach, Polaris, Outsider, Sunbeam

Track by Track Review


Insect Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Early in the reformation of the Insect Surfers, this fine demo was cut. It has a tentative feel to it, but the Insect sound is already totally defined. This ska accented tune sports infectious ramblings on sax and guitar. Totally fun.

Zuma Slam dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

This has long been a fave of mine. It has an honest view of surf culture, and an infectious backtrack. The vocal lines are fun. Ska sneaks in here and there, and the structural variations keep it moving right along. A nice track.

Halley's Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is very happy and highly infectious track. It rings out with extreme optimism. The tones and arrangement are more surfy than prior efforts, and yet there's not hiding that pure Insect ethic. A very good track.

Polaris dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one perfect instro. The melody line features the kind of hooks that stay with you, the arrangement is nearly magical, and the imagery is stunning. This is a mid tempo beautifully written and played tune with subtle drama and picturesque guitar tones.

Outsider dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of Dave's most growly pummelicious tracks. The long line on the horizon looms dark and menacing as the lead guitar double picks an evil rising swell that breaks into a very powerful and infectious song. It has all the surf grinder elements that you could want, plus solid changes and ample power.

Sunbeam dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Bright and colorful, this song is dedicated to the Sunbeam automobile. It sports motor sounds, a fine afternoon drive melody, and interesting sax honking. The vocal lines are short and few, almost minimal enough to qualify it as an instro. A single short verse about a quarter of the way into the track. Instrumentally, its light and fluffy, and gives up visuals of coastal cruising with the top down.