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
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
“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.
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
Burnt Bridge Cellars’ award-winning wine, and the Insanitizers’ award-winning music. Sept. 30, 2016, 5:30-8pm. Burnt Bridge Cellars Winery, 1500 Broadway, Vancouver Washington. You can hear each of the 22 songs on this CD complete at Insanitizers.com front page.
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:
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.
There were about 200 attendees.
We will perform live at Tiki Kon festival in Portland on Sunday evening July 10, 2016 from 6pm to 7pm. Our performance is FREE to attend, no ticket or pass needed. Location: The Bamboo Craftsman, 2104 North Willis Blvd, Portland Oregon. Other activities at Tiki Kon require a ticket or pass (TikiKon.com)
The Tiki Kon organizer invited us on the spot when he saw us perform in January. Come and hear why.
An enthusiastic crowd materialized at our Vancouver WA Farm Market performance 6/11/16. Their energy combined with ours to produce audience acclaim. With our foot-controlled drummer we had a complete band sound. The photos below show how my did-it-myself guitar matches our look. A big wave ~ to our audience !
We performed acoustic guitar renditions on Friday Jan 8, 2016, at Burnt Bridge Cellars winery, 1500 Broadway, downtown Vancouver Washington, to a large and enthusiastic audience. Mark of Burnt Bridge graciously provided us with the best viognier white wine we’ve tasted (pronounced vee-on-yay). This wine is complex, fruity, brut and mellow, with not even a hint of harshness. Just like our music.
Greg Clapp of Tiki-Kon recorded part of our performance, viewable from our Facebook page (timeline date 1/11/16): https://www.facebook.com/Insanitizers-108136172543052