On November 23, Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal of Metal Assault conducted an interview with vocalist Marcie Michelle Free of the reunited melodic hard rock quintet UNRULY CHILD. You can now listen to the chat below.
After disbanding over sixteen years ago, all the original members of the legendary melodic hard rock quintet UNRULY CHILD have reunited to produce "Worlds Collide", which was released in October via Frontiers Records.
Marcie Michelle Free (vocals; KING KOBRA, SIGNAL), Bruce Gowdy (guitar; STONE FURY, WORLD TRADE), and Guy Allison (keyboards; LODGIC, WORLD TRADE, DOOBIE BROTHERS) are back together again and have written and recorded a stunning new CD. Rejoining Free, Gowdy, and Allison are original band members from the first record produced in 1992 by Beau Hill (RATT, WINGER, THE STORM, EUROPE) and released on Interscope/Atlantic in 1992: drummer Jay Schellen (HURRICANE, WORLD TRADE, ASIA) and bassist Larry Antonino (PABLO CRUISE).
Since the initial release of the critically-acclaimed "Unruly Child", all the band members have successfully pursued accomplished careers in the music industry. Marcie Michelle Free, one of the world's finest and in recent times, most renowned transgendered vocalists, first released a solo record as Mark Free entitled "Long Way From Love" in 1993 and then another solo record as Marcie Free titled "Tormented" in 1996.
While the original band may have been disbanded, guitarist Bruce Gowdy and keyboardist Guy Allison were not dormant during the past 16 years. They produced two more UNRULY CHILD records without Free, and participated on another WORLD TRADE album with Schellen. They have also pursued other projects and their reputation as writers, performers and arrangers is second to none with experiences with the likes of Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE), Bobby Kimball (TOTO), DOOBIE BROTHERS, BOZ SCAGGS, AIR SUPPLY and THE MOODY BLUES. Schellen and Antonino are a solid powerhouse rhythm section. After Schellen worked with Gowdy and Allison on WORLD TRADE's "Euphoria" in 1995, he rejoined HURRICANE with singer Kelly Hansen on "Liquifury". He also was part of the ASIA album "Silent Nation" lineup and keeps touring and recording with ASIA featuring John Payne nowadays. Antonino has played with AMBROSIA and AIR SUPPLY and in addition to being one of the world's most respected bass players, he has pursued acting, with his most notable role being that of "The Wolfman" in the movie "That Thing You Do" starring Tom Hanks.
But the puzzle would not quite be complete until the awesome cover art was designed by none other than the famed Hugh Syme (RUSH, MEGADETH, WHITESNAKE). The final piece for the ultimate reunion as he also designed the original UNRULY CHILD debut album artwork.
"When Bruce called me, I knew what he was going to ask me before the words came out of his mouth," says Marcie Free. "Two weeks before I had a long talk with my higher power and he told me it was time I came out of retirement to start giving back what has been given to me. So you could say it is divine providence."
"This whole record was a surprising experience, it's like we never left," adds Bruce Gowdy, while Guy Allison states, "While we initially thought that we'd have to try to think like UNRULY CHILD, we discovered that once we got together again, it was really second nature. One of the absolute strengths of this version of the band is how we are able to get out of each other's way. There's an unspoken trust between Bruce, Marcie and myself — and it allows us to bring our separate visions together perfectly. Once you add the talents of Jay and Larry to the mix, it's like magic."
With so much excitement centered around their new record it has sparked fires of tour talk. Something this group has never done before. Will they hit the road in Europe or the States? "We all have been talking about doing some live shows and the prospects are good that we will," says Marcie. "We have been hearing from quite a lot of European promoters so we will have to sit down with them and plan something. It's looking like summer of 2011 is a good possibility. The band already has material in preparation for a follow-up, but will likely release a remixed, remastered and updated version of "Tormented" with bonus tracks and new material before breaking ground on the next record. UNRULY CHILD is also in the process of securing the rights to its first record for a future re-release.
"Worlds Collide" final track listing:
01. Show Me The Money
03. When We Were Young
04. Tell Another Lie
05. Love Is Blind
06. When Worlds Collide
07. Talk To Me
08. Life Death
09. Read My Mind
11. Very First Time
12. You Don't Understand
The "Very First Time" video can be viewed below. The clip was helmed by Fortress Entertainment Group's Devin DeHaven, a photographer and music video director who has previously worked with PAPA ROACH, XZIBIT and LUDACRIS, among others.
UNRULY CHILD is:
Marcie Michelle Free: Vocals
Bruce Gowdy: Guitars
Guy Allison: Keyboards
Larry Antonino: Bass
Jay Schellen: Drums
"Worlds Collide" EPK:
"Very First Time" video: