EPIC was first assembled as a concept act in late 2014 by lead vocalist and bassist Jesse Balfour. Jesse is an accomplished performer with a long history of successful acts and thousands of gigs to his credit. Most recently leading notorious party bands, SuperCheeze, Mr Wizard, original band Wild Jester. Jesse has had residencies at MGM Darwin and Lasseters Casino, Alice Springs. Highlights have included touring internationally and performing at Sydney’s Glebe Island NYE 2012.
Jesse wanted EPIC to be ‘more than just another coverband’, an act that would perform previously untouched songs that no other band is currently or has dared attempt in the past. Audiences will know, remember, love, laugh, cry, and dance with every number. To achieve this vision, JB began by recruiting the services of three extremely talented local musicians, firstly the certified musical legend Alan Park on Keyboards.
Most notably Alan served as Sir Cliff Richard’s musical director for many years. During this tenure he performed in front of record breaking audiences at the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Stadium in London and also toured in Europe, the USA and Australia. In more recent times Al has entertained local audiences, in “The Feramones”, “The Camel Tones” and “The Soul Shakers”, “The Steely Dan Tribute” as well as remaining a first-call session keyboardist both live and studio.
To provide Jesse with the foundation to drive such a wide-ranging repertoire forward there was only one logical choice in the region, Pete Brentnall. On both drums and backing vocals Pete is the Son of Australian Jazz Trumpeter Ken Brentnall and veteran of North NSW touring pub/ club acts Vicious Rumours, Hot Dog, The Henchmen and former Sydney original bands The Hurt, The Playboys. He has played on numerous recordings and backing sessions with local songwriters.
Heading up any grandiose rock and roll show requires an experienced and confident ‘lead guitarist’. Jesse placed a call to an old friend and former musical colleague Stuart Kent. On both Guitar and Vocals Stuart was also in The Henchmen with Pete. He is a talented session musician for Top Cat Recording Studio and WindSong Records. Stuart led and toured with his award winning original band Mudskipper and hard rockers The Rockadiles in the 90’s. More recently he performs with Jesse in the Supercheese and is the vocalist and lead guitarist in the local original band The Unforgiven.