Mixing together an influence of timeless pop music (The Beatles, The Shins), barn-
burning rock (The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes) and the experimental (Primus,
Pink Floyd) would be a challenge for most bands. Sacramento’s latest pop-rock export
the inversions, however, tie it all together seamlessly with energy and passion
described as “winning,” and a sound “that fans and labels lust after (Sacramento News
The roots of the inversions began when Ryan Offield (bass, vocals) moved to Will
Comstock’s (guitar, vocals) hometown and the pair began playing together in various
Sacramento bands. Something clicked clearly between the two. With Frank French,
formerly of Cake, on the skins, they started what began as Penwin and became the
inversions. Comstock and Offield penned tunes that invited references to the Doors,
the Violent Femmes, and Wilco. The Arizona Daily Wildcat declared “a few more years
and they might make their Rubber Soul.” By 2007 they had toured the West Coast
extensively, released 3 albums, including the fan favorite and critically-acclaimed “All
Is Well” of 2006, and began to build a cult following through northern and southern
In Sacramento, Comstock and Offield were working with a pocket of blistering talents,
and soon began a search for the final missing pieces in the inversions. Adam Varona
(guitar, vocals) joined in early 2007, adding a new element of pop strength with his high-
energy songwriting and guitar leads. Soon after, Scott McConaha took over drumming
with a vigor and crispness, the final puzzle piece, and the newly constructed four-piece
quickly began feeding off a fresh excitement.
the inversions, complete, began in 2008 with the 11-song release “What’s The Cannon
For?” (boasting two songs used in the film “Jake’s Corner”) and followed promptly with
the new “It’s Only Temporary,” a 5-song EP including the live hit “Brain Dead Heart,”
which was recently made into a music video by director/editor Jeff Weigt and shown at
the Sac Music Seen Festival. In the last year, the foursome has continued to play,
write and record, and were recently nominated for a Sammie (Sacramento Area Music
Awards) for Outstanding Rock Band. In June 2009, the inversions teamed with Grammy-
winning engineer Oz Fritz (1999’s “Mule Variations” by Tom Waits) and recorded new
material with drive to find a national and global excitement to match that felt in their
home state of California.
As the inversions continue to break new ground, the future of the band looks to be as
satiating as their live performances. With their new single “Laid Off” (from the
sessions with Oz Fritz) and the music video for “Brain Dead Heart” in toe, the
inversions seek the right folks with which to team up for their next steps.
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