Insect Surfers

INSECT SURFERS were originally formed in the summer of '79 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. Touring the U.S. extensively, they released several independent LPs and singles that placed as high as #25 on the national college radio charts, and solidified them as one of the most unique bands of the late 70s/early 80s East Coast scene. It wasn't unusual to see Insect Surfers play on the same stages as Iggy Pop, The Stranglers, Psychedelic Furs, Joan Jett, Echo and the Bunnymen, Revillos, etc.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1985, founding member David Arnson regrouped the band with guitarist/sax player Dan "Dano" Sullivan and debuted at KXLU's "Surf Day" in June 1986. INSECT SURFERS went on to be featured on bills with such artists as Chris Isaak, B-52's, Jonathan Richman, Pylon, The Ventures, Dick Dale, Link Wray, The Surfaris, and many more. Throughout the years, the band has released 3 critically acclaimed CDs on the Marlin Records label: Reverb Sun (1991), Death Valley Coastline (1996), and Mojave Reef (2003), as well as appearing on over 25 important compilation releases and numerous movie, television and DVD soundtracks.

In 2012, a new chapter in the progression and evolution of the band was opened with the addition of guitarist extraordinaire Michael Abraham, known internationally for his work with jazz violinist Mads Tolling, Donovan, and the touring productions of Wicked and American Idiot. With bassist Jonpaul Balak, who'd become a key member of the band since 2008, holding strong, and the return of Death Valley Coastline-era drummer Jeff Utterback, the group experienced a revitalization that propelled them well into 2013 with the new album Infra Green, and their first European tour with headlining shows across Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Far from being a nostalgia act, INSECT SURFERS play guitar-fueled instrumental rock for tomorrow - today! The 50's and 60's stylings of such artists as Link Wray and Dick Dale are filtered through psychedelia, punk rock and soundtrack themes to produce a unique, invigorating and danceable blend. "Jetstream propulsion, dual lead twang", "The Clash meets the Ventures", "Psychedelic Rangers", "Traditional yet progressive", are all taken from reviewers' descriptions.

So...Submerge, hang twelve, and immerse yourself in the surfadelic sounds of INSECT SURFERS.

Members: David Arnson: Guitar, Michael Abraham: Guitar, Jonpaul Balak: Bass, Chris Roberts: Drums

Insect Surfers Discography Tracks


Insect Surfers - Reverb Sun album art Insect Surfers Reverb Sun (Album) Skyclad Records US 1991 Sell This Version
MARLIN 002 Insect Surfers - Death Valley Coastline album art Insect Surfers Death Valley Coastline(CD, Album) Marlin Records (2) MARLIN 002 US 1996 Sell This Version
MARLIN 03 Insect Surfers - Mojave Reef album art Insect Surfers Mojave Reef(CD, Album) Marlin Records (2) MARLIN 03 US 2002 Sell This Version
Insect Surfers - Infra Green album art Insect Surfers Infra Green (Album) Marlin Records (2) US 2013 Sell This Version
007 Insect Surfers - Datura Moon album art Insect Surfers Datura Moon(CD, Album, Ltd, Dig) Marlin 007 US 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Insect Surfers - Wavelength album art Insect Surfers Wavelength (EP) Wasp Records US 1980 Sell This Version
Sting 16 Insect Surfers - Into The Action / Pod Life album art Insect Surfers Into The Action / Pod Life(7") Wasp Records Sting 16 US 1980 Sell This Version
NR13551 Insect Surfers - Sting Ray / Spin album art Insect Surfers Sting Ray / Spin(7", Single, Promo) Wasp Records NR13551 US 1982 Sell This Version
FLEXI #20 Insect Surfers - Barricade Beach / Workin' On A Dream album art Insect Surfers / The Source (10) Insect Surfers / The Source (10) - Barricade Beach / Workin' On A Dream(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Mono, Yel) Trouser Press, Wasp Records FLEXI #20 US 1983 Sell This Version
5 EP Insect Surfers - Sonar Safari album art Insect Surfers Sonar Safari(12", EP) Wasp Records 5 EP US 1983 Sell This Version
ID123331 Insect Surfers - East West album art Insect Surfers East West(10", EP) Dionysus Records ID123331 US 1995 Sell This Version


1004 Insect Surfers - Celebration Of Life album art The Insect Surfers*, The Dynotones, The Sanddunes*, The Surf Kings, Slacktone The Insect Surfers*, The Dynotones, The Sanddunes*, The Surf Kings, Slacktone - Celebration Of Life(CD, Comp) GoBoy Records 1004 US 2003 Sell This Version
none Insect Surfers - Lyve in the Valley of the Sun album art Insect Surfers Lyve in the Valley of the Sun(CDr, Comp) Not on Label none US 2004 Sell This Version
GC007/SE002 Insect Surfers - Satellite Beach album art Insect Surfers Satellite Beach(CD, Comp, Enh) Green Cookie Records GC007/SE002 Greece 2004 Sell This Version
none Insect Surfers - Mesa-Delic album art Insect Surfers Mesa-Delic(CDr, Comp) Not On Label none US 2011 Sell This Version
Martin 005 Insect Surfers - 1979-82 album art Insect Surfers 1979-82(CDr, Comp) Not On Label Martin 005 US Unknown Sell This Version
Martin 006 Insect Surfers - 1983-1985 album art Insect Surfers 1983-1985(CDr, Comp) Not On Label Martin 006 US Unknown Sell This Version