From left, Horace Bevan, Stuart Kent, Lenny Reilly, Craig Scott and Jesse Balfour, all members of local band The Unforgiven.
From left, Horace Bevan, Stuart Kent, Lenny Reilly, Craig Scott and Jesse Balfour, all members of local band The Unforgiven. Contributed

Unforgiven raw sound

THE Unforgiven was only born recently, in July 2013, for a Sunday afternoon impromptu gig at the Aussie Hotel in Ballina, but the years of experience among the musos on stage is undeniable.

Horace Bevan, Jesse Balfour, Stuart Kent, Craig 'Toke' Scott and Lenny Reilly moulded seamlessly together and the result of all that experience and love for music is Breathe, the band's first album.

Breathe was recorded in the most raw and free-spirited way:

"We literally connected amps and cables in bedrooms and kitchens, kicked the missus and the family out and recorded the album in a makeshift studio in the garage," guitar player Horace Bevan said.

"We wanted to get back to the way they used to record albums in the '40s, '50s and '60s, where you play your part and that's what goes down.

"We wanted to create as much of a live feel as possible."

The independent release offers a classic rock sound that is the real deal, because these guys are. They write the lyrics, arrange the notes, sing the songs, mix the albums, set up the gigs and sell the CD copies. And they love it.

"The Unforgiven has a record of bringing between 200 and 300 people to each one of our gigs, which is pretty good for a band of middle-aged men in the Northern Rivers," Bevan said.

The band is hoping to release an album a year and produce music videos to support their music.

With over 30 years of experience in the music industry, Bevan knows that the job ahead is hard.

"It has always been hard. It is simple evolution. You have to adapt to new and different challenges in this modern technological age, but the ageless timeless process of making it (music) and sharing it with other people is exactly the same, as it was since Adam was a boy."



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