With the return of the original line-up, “Worlds Collide”is destined to make waves in the Melodic Rock world.
After disbanding over sixteen years ago, all the original members of the legendary Melodic Hard Rock quintet Unruly Child, have reunited to produce a brand new album entitled “Worlds Collide” due for release on October 15th in Europe and October 26th in the USA on Frontiers Records.
Marcie Michelle Free (vocalist – King Kobra, Signal), Bruce Gowdy (guitarist – Stone Fury, World Trade), and Guy Allison (keyboardist – 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. Drummer Jay Schellen and bass player Larry 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” line-up 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 etc.). 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 “Worlds Collide” was a surprising experience, it’s like we never left” adds Bruce Gowdy, while Guy Allison adds “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. 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” tells Marcie. 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 are also in the process of securing the rights to their first record for a future re-release.
The group, in its constant state of evolution has generated an exciting new album reflecting its musical roots in contemporary and classic rock sensibility. With the return to the original line-up, they have discovered that while time may pass, some things never change. In their case, that’s a good thing. The future looks very promising for the rebirth of Unruly Child.
“Worlds Collide” final tracklisting includes:
The songs “Very First Time” and “When Worlds Collide” can exclusively be listened to in full by streaming on the Frontiers Web Radio from August 31st.
Tune in at: www.frontiers.it/webradio
Marcie Michelle Free: vocals
Bruce Gowdy: guitars
Guy Allison: keyboards
Larry Antonino: bass
Jay Schellen: drums
DJ Brian Basher has another stellar show lined up you guys on the Hard Rock Hideout Radio Show tonight. The show tonight will feature new music from Black County Communion, Bad City, Glitzy Glow, Jett Black, Joe Cephus & The George Jonestown Massacre, Black Tora, and a bunch of classic rockers you are sure to love! You can listen to the Hard Rock Hideout Radio Show Online tonight and every Wednesday night at 9 P.M. CST at www.kacvfm.org
and in Amarillo, Texas on KACV FM 90!
Check out the play list from last week’s show below!
Hard Rock Hideout Radio Playlist # 33 for August 25th, 2010
This Is Heavy Metal – Lordi
Horns Up – Drowning Pool
Best Time – Liberty N Justice
Parade of the Dead – Black Label Society
The Abyss – Accept
Girls Kissing Girls – Black Robot
Back To You – Hell City Glamours
Sucker For A Sequel – the Dirty Pearls
Rock It Away – the Black Saints
Not 4 Sale – Sammy Hagar
Loud – Sammy Hagar
The Girl Gets Around – Sammy Hagar
Superman – Mama Kin
Blackout In The Redroom – Love/Hate
Liquid Crush – Dirty Looks
Rock N’ Roll Damnation – AC/DC
Dirty Girl – Skull Daze
Sin! - Voodoo Johnson
Sex, Drugs, & Rock N’ Roll – Scarlet Carson
Crucified – Lillian Axe
Million Miles Away – EZO
What You Say – Saigon Kick
Body, Mind, Soul – Masque
Old Tune – Izzy Stradlin
Girl of My Dreams – Bucket & Co.
Touch Me – Leslie
In The City - Mama Kin
Down With The Dust - Crashdiet
Hell On High Heels – Motley Crue
Beautiful Bomb – Reckless Love
She’s Mine – Crazy Lixx
Hands On U – KingoftheHill
You Suck the Love Out of Me – Big Cock
Beat The Bullet – Vain
All Get Up – Ammotrack
Planet Botox – De Van
The Mark You Leave – Razorbliss
Stop! – 5TH Sonic Brigade
That Girl’s A Freak – Big Engine
Southern Girls – Saliva
Hell of a Time – Hellyeah
Chicks, Champagne, Rock N’ Roll - Mama Kin
…And Take Your Toothbrush With You – Badmouth
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AOR fans rejoice with “Perfect World” in October
The news of Strangeways reunion with American singer Terry Brock leaked when the announcement of Firefest 2010 festival line-up was launched with the inclusion of the band in the “Native Sons”/”Walk in the Fire” line-up on the bill. This came as a big surprise to many, since probably very few people would have hoped to see Brock crossing the ocean again and even less could think of a brand new Strangeways recording with the singer together with guitarist Ian J. Stewart, new bassist Warren Jolly, drummer Jim Drummond and keyboard player Dave “Munch” Moore.
Still the Strangeways reunion is now reality and the newly recorded studio album “Perfect World” will be released on Frontiers Records on October 15th in Europe and October 26th in the US.
Turning back the clock in 1986, Strangeways released their self titled debut for Bonaire/Arista Records. “Strangeways” received rave reviews, particularly from the british press which saw the potential for the band to break on to the US market. By the time the album hit the shops, original singer Tony Liddell had already been replaced by Brock who was persuaded to join the band by the album’s producer Kevin Elson (Journey, Europe etc.). Strangeways toured intensely supporting Europe, Bryan Adams and Meat Loaf but it was the following year’s “Native Sons” album that chiselled in stone the name of the band, who produced a full-blown melodic rock masterpiece, hailed by Kerrang! magazine as “the greatest and most preciously perfect AOR album of all time”.
In 1989, even if ‘Native Sons’ didn’t sell as well as the critical acclaim gathered, Strangeways recorded a third album titled ‘Walk In The Fire’. The band wanted to have a more personal approach, less leaning to the Journey sound of the previous record. The result was truly superb, a big step further compared to “Native Sons”. Still today songs as “Love Lies Dying”, “Every Time You Cry” or “Where Are They Now” are considered by the fans some of the most beautiful songs ever in british AOR style.
Strangeways were finally starting to see rewards from touring, particularly in Germany but after Brock flew to the US to secretly audition with Deep Purple to replace Ian Gillan, he never returned to the UK and left the band. Three more very different Strangeways albums followed with Ian Stewart at the microphone: “And The Horse” (1995), “Any Day Now” (1997) and “Gravitational Pull” (2000). All of them saw Strangeways exploring a more atmospheric and rootsy style which had nothing to do with the previous three albums.
Terry Brock in the meanwhile started a solo career which produced two acclaimed releases (“Back to Eden” and the very recent “Diamond Blue”) and collaborated with The Sign, Seventh Key and Giant.
“There was no real plan for Terry and I to work together again, it just kinda happened” says Ian Stewart. “With the Firefest gig offer and Frontiers showing interest in another Strangeways album it all just seemed to fall together naturally. The relationship with Terry is probably better than it’s ever been, which I think is down to the fact that we’re both older and dare I say wiser”.
“Perfect World” takes from where “Walk In the Fire” left off, with the band finding an even more mature musical identity, an amazing sense of spacious melodies and of course the magic voice of Terry Brock which connects the music with the classic Melodic Rock sound of “Native Sons” and “Walk in the Fire”.
“I honestly couldn’t really describe the “new” sound as such, it’s just honest melodic heart and soul rock music, good tunes played with attitude and feeling” concludes Ian Stewart.
Don’t miss their performance at Firefest 2010 hoping it will be the first of a long streak of dates.
“Perfect World” final tracklisting includes:
The songs “Perfect World” and “Borderlines” can exclusively be listened to in full by streaming on the Frontiers Web Radio from September 1st. Tune in at: www.frontiers.it/webradio
Terry Brock – vocals
Ian J. Stewart – guitars
Warren Jolly – bass
Jim Drummond – drums
David “Munch” Moore – keyboards