Los Angeles-based band INVERTA is striving to understand and foster the growth of this thread. Their sound can be described as semi-noir, melodically-charged, and multi-layered; a fusion of hard rock and progressive/alternative metal. The band puts emphasis on their attempt to write conceptual songs by arranging subtly-deep melodic overtones placed within polyrhythmic odd time signatures. These songs create a cinematic scope easily grasped by any listener, also appealing to listeners that strive to be challenged by music. Parts of songs sit comfortably in the pocket, while others build tension, exploding into anthemic choruses. Dynamic verses harness any aggression that was created previously and descend into spatial grooves and textural drones. The band's goal is to produce album-oriented songs that take their audience on a thematic journey to places in and out of harm's way.
Many of the world's technically proficient bands place an indelible mark on the members of INVERTA. Each band member explores within their musical range and influences, engaging the notion that form emerges between struggle and resistance. Their work is a satisfaction for the appetites of hard or progressive rock fans that appreciate musicality and musicianship, but the band also prides itself on its ability to write a strong chorus that fuses the audience and the band into one cohesive unit. Their devotion is strengthened by a driving force, striving for progression and accomplishment.
How do you describe your music to people, Rorie?
To us, our music is a series of parts or phrases that we find interesting and challenging. Often times, it comes from an element stuck in our heads that needs to find a way out. If we can't play it, we struggle with it until it sounds good to us. Like it sounded in our heads. A sort of functioning madness. Then we arrange until the piece sounds pleasant and presentable. It's harder rock that has many influences and comes out aggressive. When we step outside and become listeners, we think it sounds semi-dark, melodically-charged, and multi-layered; a fusion of hard rock and progressive/alternative metal. People who listen to the material often appreciate its accessibility, suggesting its close relativity to the works of Tool, Mogwai, Deftones and Rush. We're humbled by the comparison.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
My mother tells me, as a baby, I use to bang on pots and pans all the time, making noise to get attention. To some degree, that's still true today (laughing). My first performance was in pre-school shaking bells in the Christmas pageant. I was so scared being on stage, I cried and ran off. When I was five, my mother asked if I wanted to learn to play the piano. Which was great because it opened my mind to all the different musical instruments. I played piano for a few years, learning to read and write music. My grandfather was musical, but not a musician and noticed something 'more rhythmic' about my playing and suggested I play drums. I played both for a while but ultimately focused on drums and started learning from teachers at school. It's been a lifetime of commitment to music; learning, writing, practicing and performing. As long as I can remember, it's always been there. It's like eating or brushing my teeth. I've never known what it's like to not be a musician.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
All three of us really like to travel and doing outdoor activities. If we aren't working on music or whatever, we're usually going somewhere for holiday. We enjoy going to different places around the world, hiking, biking, skiing, and trying new foods and wines.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Our biggest challenge at the moment is our search for a singer/vocalist. We always knew the music needed a voice as an instrument. We wrote the songs with a singer in mind and finding that additional element has been a struggle. We still press forward though, feeling confident the material stands on its own and is just as enjoyable without vocals.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an astronaut. When I was a kid, I was fascinated by science and space but had a hard time in school. My grades were awful and found it much easier to communicate through art and music. As I grew older, focusing energy artistically became more rewarding and more plausible as a profession.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
In a city like Los Angeles, music is all around you. On any night of the week, you can go anywhere and hear any style of music. Not only do you have the opportunity to see great local up-and-coming bands, national and international acts, but you have this unique chance to see musicians from well-established groups play with their friends in lesser-know bands. Typically, we enjoy hearing the music in smaller venues, which influence you even more. In America, as far as rock is concerned, that doesn't happen much outside of California. On top of that, you have movies and plays, beautiful people, the diverse cultures and foods mixed in with the landscapes that drape from the beaches of Malibu to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We're very spoiled here and having those opportunities so close, really develops you into a better musician.
What other artists out there do you love?
Obviously, it's incredibly important for musicians to listen to other music. We're no strangers to that concept. We love music, all kinds. We love watching bands play at shows and festivals nearby. We love listening to our friends (locally) in bands and are encouraged by what they are working on. Mainly, as fans, the guys and I love all things hard rock and heavy metal. It just makes more sense to us, but we're not opposed to other genres of music. It's all good.
Personally, as a drummer, Karnivool is my new favorite band at the moment. Steve Judd (drummer) is twisting my head these days just trying to figure it out. Their stuff is very well done. As a musician, the new Deftones album is solid and I'm enjoying how [much] more melodic the sound is. As a listener of music, I've got a thing for Katy Perry right now. I don't know why, but I dig it. It's catchy. That's what's in the iPod right now and I'm sure, it will find its way into my playing soon.
What does your future hold?
We're very exited about what lies in store for us. There's no reason why we can't achieve our goals and look forward to new challenges. We're writing every day and constantly surprising ourselves. INVERTA has always been a band that works hard to own what they do and hold on to it. For us, that means we have to be happy with what we make and whatever we bring to the table is a possibility. We can't rule anything out. As long as we're working hard, making a connection to a listener, providing them a better day, a place to get lost or something to link to a memory, we think that's great and provides us a good future. If we can inspire people to do great things, help solve problems or come up with new ideas, that's a good day's work for us and we find it very rewarding.