Navarone is a Dutch alternative rock band, formed in Nijmegen in 2008.
Navarone originated as a musical project between lead singer Merijn van Haren and guitarist Kees Lewiszong. In their early years, still performing under the name Overthrow, they caught the attention of the Golden Earring, eventually leading to a series of opening acts for their shows. Golden Earring's frontman Barry Hay came up with the idea of renaming their band to The Guns of Navarone. Even though the name was well received, the band thought the resemblance with the name Guns 'N Roses was too close, so eventually they settled with the name Navarone.
Their first EP was recorded and released in 2009, which lead them to the final round of The Next Best Band contest, airplay on 3FM in Rob Stenders' Indecent Proposal, a number-one notation on KX-Radio and a series of live performances, under which one on Paaspop. The band stayed under the radar for a period of two years as their bandmembers were granted the opportunity to graduate and have their lead singer Merijn recover from a vocal issue. After a period of rest and a summer of rehearsal they released their first album, A Darker Shade of White in the summer of 2012.
Merijn van Haren (lead singer),
Kees Lewiszong (lead guitarist),
Bram Versteeg (bassist),
Robin Assen (drums),
Roman Huijbreghs (rhythm guitarist and vocals)