2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Insect Surfers, “planet Earth’s longest running modern surf band!”
Originally formed in the summer of 1979 in Washington, D.C. -- after guitarist David Arnson envisioned a new surf band for the modern era that combined elements of psychedelic rock, 60s instrumentals and punk rock energy -- they toured extensively throughout the US and released 2 EPs (Wavelength, Sonar Safari) and 3 singles that placed as high as #25 on the national college radio charts.
It wasn’t unusual to see Insect Surfers share the stage with Iggy Pop, Bad Brains, The Stranglers, Psychedelic Furs, Joan Jett, Echo And The Bunnymen, Revillos, and Lou Reed.
In 1985 Arnson decided to move west to California, surf rock’s ground zero, and regrouped with guitarist/sax player Dan “Dano” Sullivan. Once the lineup was complete, they debuted at local college radio station KXLU’s “Surf Day" in June 1986, and a new era was born. Continuing steadily throughout the 80s, 90s and 2000s, they released 3 full-length albums (Reverb Sun in 1991; Death Valley Coastline in 1996), and Mojave Reef in 2002), a 10” EP (East West), a live album, and a best of, and appeared on over 22 compilations, including the legendary and highly influential Rhino 4 CD set Cowabunga! The Surf Box.
In 2013, with a new band and focused vision, Insect Surfers released the critically acclaimed Infra Green, their first new record in over 10 years, and brought it to life live with a vengeance, embarking on their first full European tour. Four years later they released their 4th full-length album, Datura Moon; returned to Europe; and continued to release songs on several compilations. For the 40th anniversary celebration, Insect Surfers released a special limited-edition purple vinyl version of Datura Moon, and the CD Living Fossils -- a sonic archaeology of rare tracks, demos, outtakes, and covers spanning 30 years.
MON AUG 19 | 8PM | $15, $12 MEMBERS (+$3 at the door)