Jerk (band)

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Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Industrial metal
Years active 1998–2004
Labels Sony Records
Members Lamar Lowder
Charles Cilia
Leeno Dee
Past members Johnathan Devoy (vocals and guitar)

Jerk was an industrial metal[1] band from Sydney, Australia. They released a single album, and their songs featured in the video games Need for Speed: Underground and NHL 2004. Jerk supported Marilyn Manson, Insane Clown Posse, Killing Joke and Disturbed on their respective Sydney tours.[citation needed]


Jerk was originally composed of vocalist Michael Matral, drummer Lamar Lowder, guitarist Johnathan Devoy and Tourettes bass player Ross Empson. In this guise Jerk contributed the song "Jesus Saves" to the Mushroom Records soundtrack to the Australian horror film Cut in 2000. It was after this point that Jerk had a line-up change with Devoy on vocals joined by guitarist Charles Cilia and former Candy Harlots bassist Leeno Dee.

In 2001, Jerk released a self-titled six-track EP and three accompanying video clips directed by Lowder. These releases led to an appearance at the long-running Metal for the Brain festival in Canberra late in the year,[citation needed] and in April 2002 Jerk signed to Sony Records.[2]

In 2003, Jerk released their full-length album When Pure Is Defiled,[3] which was co-produced by Sean Beavan and Lamar Lowder. It included their 2002 single "I Hate People Like That", which peaked at No. 83 on the ARIA Singles Chart in November of that year. Music videos were subsequently produced for "I Hate People Like That", "Just What You Need", and the Lowder-directed "My Friends All Lie".[citation needed]

Jerk embarked on a national tour in 2003 to promote the album, and performances included support slots for Marilyn Manson, Insane Clown Posse, Killing Joke and Disturbed on the Sydney leg of their Australian tours.

Jerk received exposure in the North American market when their song, "Sucked In", featured in the soundtracks of the video games NHL 2004 and Need for Speed: Underground.

Devoy stepped down, and was replaced by vocalist Mario Spate in 2004, but the band broke up soon after.[when?] Lowder has since returned to music production and songwriting. In January 2006, Dee and Cilia reunited with Devoy to form the band Ink. Ink subsequently released the EPs Lead… Or Follow (2007) and Black Water Reign (2008).

On July 21, 2013, Devoy, Dee and Cilia reunited for a one-off acoustic Jerk gig.


  • Jerk EP (2001)
  • When Pure Is Defiled (2003)


  1. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry. "MusicMight Biography". Retrieved 2008-10-02. [dead link]
  2. ^ "How to spot the next big thing". The Sydney Morning Herald. September 20, 2003. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "When Pure Is Defiled". Retrieved 6 January 2010. 

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