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Bass Guitarist Eric Johnson joins The Insanitizers

Bass guitarist Eric Johnson joins The Insanitizers ! We are now a trio (plus robot drummer) and we sound Better Than Ever.
 
Hailing from Detroit then performing bass (and surfing) in California, Eric was hooked on instrumental rock by The Ventures. Now Eric looks forward to a fun Summer of Street Fairs, Brew Fests, Car Shows, Sip-n-Surf Wineries, and Beach Parties with The Insanitizers’ excitingly vibrant music.
 
Eric feels kinship with The Ventures, Los Straightjackets, and Man or Astroman. His favorite instrumentals include “Shootout” by The Insanitizers and “He Never Came Back” by The Ventures. His favorite Hot Rod is the 1968 Mustang Fastback. 
Come meet Eric, Tom and Conrad at our Vancouver Farmers Market Saturday performances May 13 (9:30-11:30am), June 3 (9:30-11:30am) and June 24 (12:30-2:30pm).

1st Prize in Dallas Songwriters Assn Contest

Our song “Shootout” just WON FIRST PLACE in the 2016 Dallas Songwriters Association Contest (Instrumental). The award page cites Insanitizers guitarist Conrad Swartz as songwriter
https://dallassongwriters.org/2016-dsa-song-contest-winners/
This competition includes all genres of music. “Shootout” is the first song on our October 2016 album “Guitar Fun” and is followed by 21 more adventuring guitar instrumentals. Hear it on the front page of  Insanitizers.com

“Guitar Fun” CD in NGD Magazine

guitarfunp1“New Gandy Dancer” Magazine from the U.K. just published a review of our “Guitar Fun” CD album (Oct 2016 issue 125). Editor Davy Peckett wrote, “We like The Insanitizers!…another jolly twangfest of no less than 22 great tracks. Good stroke having the keyboard-led Resonance to break up the guitars…The covers are delightful arrangements of Irish Washerwoman (and she rocks!) and the European classic Dark Eyes. Rocket Pack has a great Joe Meek guitar sound. Solid twin guitars with Malaguena. Misigila is the big surf sound…W-Ray Gun a deep resonant twanger finishes this fine set.” Rated 4/4.

“Guitar Fun” CD a “Top Ten Pick” by Pipeline Mag.

Our “Guitar Fun” album is reviewed in Pipeline Magazine issue #102 Autumn 2016, just received. It’s a Top Ten Pick by editor Al Taylor. He writes, “a full hour of guitar fun…Rich guitar sounds abound as Shootout sets a western theme and Dark Eyes Rock gives the old folk tune a good working over. Tasty echo and twang decorate Rocket Pack…and there’s more rich guitar on Huntington Surf.”

“There’s a resonating guitar intensity to most numbers…organ plays the support role on Love in Purgatory…and it takes the lead on Resonance. Misigila is from the same dynamic mold as Misirlou. Waterboard Surf 2016 is another lively piece swathed with guitar and Loose Surfer features a pedalled lead. Listening to this album is a very intense experience, not for the fainthearted!”

You can hear each track complete at no charge at the front page Insanitizers.com

Insanitizers win “Best Rock Instrumental Album” national award

In July 2016 we were notified that our new CD “Guitar Fun” won the award for “Best Rock Instrumental Album.” The review goes: “‘Insanitizers deploy their marvelous talent for the guitar to the interpretation of a modern vibe – what results is a completely novel experience of a genre you thought you knew and understood.’

You can see the announcement here:
http://www.theakademia.com/july2016_bestalbum_instrumentalrock3.html

The “Guitar Fun” CD released October 1, 2016. It has 22 adventure packed instrumental adventures featuring guitars, synthesizers and percussion. You can hear the songs on this CD from the front page of this website.