John & the Inverarities
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John & the Inverarities

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"National Campus Band Comp 2008"

“John and the Inverarities’ orchestral indie pop rock hit a major chord with the audience” - NCBC WA

"WA NCBC Final 2008"

“Second act were UWA’s John & The Inverarities who probably took out the clap-o-meter title for the evening with the crowd erupting maniacally whenever their sharply dressed saxophonist took the lead.”
- Tristan Broomhall - Drum Media


Still working on that hot first release.



Recent achievements:

-Winners of Gozzy Rock 2009
-Winners of Bussellton Battle of the Bands 2009
-2nd place winners in National Campus Band Comp
-Supported the likes of Peter Combe, Jackson Jackson, Bluejuice, British India

The seeds of John & the Inverarities were sown many eons ago, when Joos Meyer (vocals & guitar) and Shard (keys) got together to teach themselves jazz in their hometown of Mandurah. Meanwhile, the prodigious talents of Henry Clarke (vocals & guitar) and Max Harwood (bass) began jamming together at home in Margaret River, where their rhythmic meditations are considered solely responsible for the region’s tourism boom. In Bunbury, bisecting these two musical galaxies, Grey Johnston (sax) was developing his own musical style and sensibilities while dreaming of a someday stardom. As high school drew to a close, the members all made plans to migrate to the seething melodic metropolis of Perth, unaware of the cacophonous congregation that was to come.

In fact, while the tyros became mates at uni, they never considered jamming until they were brought together by their guardian and mentor John Inverarity, who introduced them to the most individual of individuals, homegrown percussion superstar Serra Petale (drums). A critical mass was reached, and with some prompting from the Shard, the sensational six-piece John & the Inverarities was formed.

The band played its first gig a mere three weeks after first jamming together, the UWA heat of the 2008 National Campus Bands Comp in September, which they won in true underdog style. Progressing through the semis and winning the people’s choice award, the band was lucky to get a wildcard into the State final in which they knew they would have to pull out all the stops. With their novel, seductive mix of funk, jazz, dance and rock, their huge stage presence and their live, raw enthusiasm, the band drew the crowd to their feet and then brought them to their knees, James Brown-style. In a night of wildness not seen since the conception of Shane Warne, John & the Inverarities shocked everyone and surprised themselves by finishing the State final in second place, beating some of the big independent campus bands such as the Killer Grapes and Homebrewe.

From here, the band members have returned to the (home) studio, recording a demo in their bedrooms and have begun working on new material. When uni finishes they will be heading to their respective South-West homes for summer, but will continue to write and jam together. They are playing a couple of shows in November, notably supporting British India and Bluejuice at Vroom festival.

When not playing or listening to music, the band enjoys Lawn Bowls, Mixed Netball, the works of Hardy, Wilde & Ford and the beach. They cite their major influences as Matthew Richardson and Michael Hussey.

**The only music we have recorded at the moment are a few very low quality, rushed out home demos. We plan to record some studio tracks early 2009. For the time being, please overlook the shoddy quality of the demos.