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"Guitar Fun" chosen as "Best Instrumental Rock Album" by The Akademia

Submitted by Squid on October 05, 2016.


"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. Winner, Best Instrumental Rock Album." -- The Akademia (, July 2016 awards.

"Guitar Fun," with 22 adventure packed diverse surf-rock instrumentals, was just released by The Insanitizers. You can hear the entire CD (free) at without commercials or announcements. The CD is in stock at and .

Here is a track listing, with a few comments.
1. Shootout. Ride in, challenge, battle, ride out. "Best Instrumental Rock Song" June 2015, The Akademia.
2. Dark Eyes Rock. Russian folk song but frantic.
3. Rocket Pack. To orbit, back, and again.
4. Huntington Surf.
5. Murder in Paradise. Murder, Paradise, Repeat.
6. Love in Purgatory. So forbidden, so sad.
7. A Day in Tokyo. Gogo with Togo.
8. A Night in Vienna. Polka, march and twist on world's tallest carousel.
9. Irish Washerwoman. Scrub and jig.
10. Choclo Argentina. Tango, surf, flamenco.
11. Resonance. Massive organ rocks again.
12. Malaguena. Literal recitation.
13. Revel. Celebration groove.
14. A Week in Hawaii. Change of pace, focus on the bass.
15. GooglEyes. Now with silly synthesizers.
16. Robot Dance. Shunting and clanking.
17. Stunt Pilot. Guitar drum duet swoops.
18. MisiGila. 2 drummers, one huge guitar.
19. Croak of Midnight. Two drummers, acoustic guitar, actual frog.
20. Waterboard Surf 2016.
Submersion / Inquisition / Repeat
21. Loose Surfer. Guitar Pun!
22. W-Ray Gun.

Don't take the comments seriously, they're just for fun. So is the music.

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Tiki Kon Finale Party featuring The Insanitizers, July 10, 2016, 6-7pm

Submitted by Squid on July 02, 2016.
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The Finale Party of the three day Tiki Kon festival in Portland Oregon will feature The Insanitizers surf guitar band. Performance is from 6 to 7pm. It is free, and no ticket or pass is needed (this is a change). The band will perform several songs from their upcoming new 22-song CD "Guitar Fun" including national award winner "Shootout" (Best Instrumental, July 2015, The Akademia).

The band was invited on the spot when the Tiki Kon organizer saw them perform in January. Come and hear why, and how energizing the music of 69 year old guitarists can be.

Venue: The Bamboo Craftsman, 2104 North Willis Blvd, Portland Oregon. This is outdoors.


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Best Rock Instrumental Award to Insanitizers for "Shootout"

Submitted by Squid on June 25, 2015.

The June 2015 award for "Best Instrumental Rock Song" was given to the Insanitizers by The Akademia ( for the original song "Shootout."  They wrote, “”Clever instrumental renditions of gunfire decorate this Western-themed creation by the Insanitizers, and it's good enough to be a Sergio Leone soundtrack.” This award spans rock instrumentals of all kinds.

The award certificate page is at:  

You can stream the entire thrilling song from the front page of

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Insanitizers Back by Demand July 12, 2014

Submitted by Squid on July 01, 2014.
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After the Insanitizers performance on May 17, the management of the Vancouver (WA) Farmers Market said they had received so many compliments they asked us to return very soon. Our return is July 12, 9:30am - 11:30am, near Esther & 6th Streets, downtown Vancouver. At noon just a few blocks away is a classic car show with live surf guitar music. A little later, also just a few blocks away, is Tikikon  ( Our show is free, the other shows mentioned sell tickets.


Poster announcement of performance


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Insanitizers surf guitar CDs featured on "Album Cover Hall of Fame"

Submitted by Squid on April 04, 2014.
Today the "Album Cover Hall of Fame" published a photo essay feature about the cover art for the Insanitizers music CDs "Whimsical Surf Version 2" and "Wild Surf Guitars." There's more to say, and it's in the article.  Here is a link.

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Pipeline Magazine notes head-spinning intensity of Insanitizers' Wild Surf Guitars

Submitted by Squid on September 25, 2013.

The latest Pipeline Instrumental Review magazine (issue 92, summer 2013, page 38) reflects the intensity of the recordings on the Insanitizers 2013 CD "Wild Surf Guitars":

"There may be quite a variety of sounds on this album from The Insanitizers but the recurring theme is of lively, intertwining guitars that swap leads and riffs with head-spinning fervour. Be it the repetitive jangle of "At the Beach," the sparkling twang of "GooglEyes" or the frantic surf of "Surf Wall Street," their aim seems to be to fry your brain...

"The most conventional track is "Man Hunter," an acoustic take on the old cowboy western style. This provides a useful transition into the final three acoustic guitar duo...The surf-flavoured "Undertow" works very well and the strongly rhythmic "Fantwango" round off the album very nicely."

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NGD magazine enthusiastic about Whimsical Surf Version Two

Submitted by Squid on August 13, 2013.

Instrumental rock-n-roll review magazine New Gandy Dancer (NGD) issue 112, just printed, gives a four star (highest) rating to the Insanitizers' "Whimsical Surf Version Two" CD.

They write, "Frantic, fun & full of guitar rock originals ...Great tearing surf and driving instrumentals with some really nice covers secreted in there, like the theme from Alfred Hitchcock, "Mozart 40" and "The Sugar Plum Fairy" - all powered up of course!

"Dance Like A Robot" is a strong starter for ten, with its rollicking & rolling axes and "Waterboard Surfing" is a racey, wild surfer. "Hot Sauce" is a BIG sound reminiscent of Davie Allan's material or indeed The Ventures' "In Space" album. This set definitely can't fail."


Whimsical Surf Version 2 front cover art

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"Best New Release" and "Cry of the Heart" awards for "Wild Surf Guitars" CD

Submitted by Squid on June 05, 2013.

The new 20 song CD release "Wild Surf Guitars" by the Insanitizers received awards from two CD review publications and top ratings from a third within the past month. just recognized "Wild Surf Guitars" as a best new release among indie music of all genres (publication date June 3, 2013). Their review is here.

This is the conclusion of the review:     If this was a throwback sixties beach film, and this band was the movies heroes, it’d wrap up like this: “The Insanitizers win this heat and take the tournament! The Insanitizers are new Kings of Wild Surf Guitars!”
Yeah; it’s like that.

"Cry of the Coyote" rock-n-roll CD review magazine published in France gave this CD the "Cry of the Heart" award with top ratings. They wrote, "this CD lives up to its title."

"New Gandy Dancer" instrumental rock CD review magazine rated this CD 4 of 4 stars and wrote, "busy surfing set with lots happening. It's rewarding to hear a group dedicated to their art...genuine 1960s surf guitars, bass and drums. The all-original songs are simply soaked in high twanging, reverbed guitars and easy to remember melody lines."

Available at , , and

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"Wild Surf Guitars" CD by The Insanitizers, Release Party

Submitted by Squid on March 03, 2013.
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The Insanitizers released their 20 song CD "Wild Surf Guitars." The Insanitizers expand the borders of surf guitar into classical guitar, classic rock, modern rock, country, polka, flamenco, and rockabilly. Nineteen of these songs put the guitar front and center; there is no room for a vocalist. This CD tells stories of adventure, mystery and energy with guitar instrumentals in an involving experience. The band has fun performing, and when you listen you will be part of the fun. 

This CD also introduces Rodriel & Gabrigo, the Insanitizers Flamenco Surf Rockabilly (Flamencobilly) Acoustic Duo, with three memorable frenetic instrumentals based on surf guitar songs. Come hear the Duo's performance at the CD Release Party, starting 6pm Friday March 22, 2013, at Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St., Portland, Oregon. The performance will be for an hour and there is no cost to attend.



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Whimsical Surf Version TWO by the Insanitizers

Submitted by Squid on January 06, 2013.

Microsoft does it, Apple does it, and now the Insanitizers have issued a revised version of their surf guitar CD "Whimsical Surf." Why revise? Because the Insanitizers found how to make their guitars sound both energetically edgy and gorgeous. Here is the first professional review of this new CD:

From “Cry of the Coyote” rock-n-roll CD review magazine published in France. Review received Jan. 4, 2013.

"Conrad Swartz's band decided to revisit the content of their previous album, while I await their next CD. This gives me the chance to appreciate the humor of such titles as "Polkzart" (the 40th symphony of Wolfgang Amadeus as a  super fun polka), "Fantwango" (a rocking tango), and "Fowl ball" or "Beerocracy" (puns on "foul ball" and "bureaucracy"). I rediscovered versions of "Sugarplum" ("Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy" by Tchaikovsky) which rocks well and of "Puppetor" ("Funeral March of a Marionette" by Gounod) in flamenco rock style. They added supplementary guitars, changed the solos on some songs, and concocted new arrangements and new melodies on others. I was thrilled by the first version, but the second is even more rockin’ and the guitars gallop. Everything on this album is a keeper, what a great time for fans of rockin' surf!"

"Whimsical Surf Version 2" CD by the Insanitizers is now available at and 

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