The latest, hottest group out of the Cayman Islands is relative newcomers InVerse.
The four piece band comprises David Lee on bass and backing vocals, Stephen Aleria on lead guitar and lead vocals, Franklin Brown on rhythm guitar and drummer Jonathan Wilson.
It’s been an excellent four years for the band, which in a previous incarnation was briefly known as After Skool.
At the National Festival of the Arts in 2012, the group won three gold awards. This included a trophy for percussion; second place in the string section and second in the band section.
One happy triumph for the nascent group was a concert at Youth Fest, a battle of the bands in which the group came second and with the prize money invested in a drum kit – remarkably sensible for young rockers.
Other notable gigs include Brac Xplosion last month, Hopestock, Cayman Thanksgiving and Cayman Rock and Reggae Festival at Camana Bay.
Currently, the band says it has three original songs. Fans would also note that they play classics by Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Zombies, Carlos Santana, the Eagles and Bruno Mars.
The group first formed at John Gray High School but found it tricky to get together on a regular basis. They are fans of everyone from Bon Jovi and Guns N’ Roses to Bob Marley, Bullet for my Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold, which will give you some idea of where their sound lies.
According to the group, Aleria, Brown and Wilson were all influenced by the antics of their fathers – all musicians – which certainly put them on the right track. Lee, meanwhile, began his love affair with music when enrolling at music class at school.
According to James Myles, who was on the organizing committee for Youth Fest, the band has “found the passion and harnessed the skills to produce the sound of a big mature rock band.”
Stalwart Eden Hurlston also had some words of wisdom to share about the fast rising young group, calling them “fun-loving, dedicated musicians.”
He added that it was going to be exciting watching the band make their mark on the rock scene of the Cayman Islands and becoming part of the diverse original music scene that already exists.