Infra Green • Insect Surfers • Marlin Records • Producers: David Arnson and Steve Refling • Score: 8 out of 10
It has been 10 years since these neo-guitar instrumental surf rockers released their award-winning album Mojave Reef. This 15-song collection revives the vintage guitar-rock genre and injects it with fresh vision and purpose. Original member David Arnson and fellow guitarist Michael Abraham wield their respective Gibsons with a swagger that pays homage to everyone from Chuck Berry and Link Wray to Dick Dale and Nokie Edwards. They also stretch the boundaries, with elements of psychedelia and experimental tones. Of note is “Radar Road” featuring cameo solos by ‘60s fuzz-guitar legend Dave Allan and Jim Thomas of the Mermen.
– Eric A. Harabadian