• Wed. Jun 12th, 2024

Unruly Child – Marcie Free Fronted Band Returns With a New Record!

Unruly Child has released a number of albums over the years, although the group, despite their talents, was never quite a successful mainstream band, largely as a result of changing times and musical trends. This has not stopped a number of the musicians from attaining fame in other acts, though fans likely wondered if they would see a new album released under the Unruly Child moniker.

The band features vocalist Marcie Free (formerly King Kobra vocalist Mark Free), guitarist Bruce Gowdy, keyboardist Guy Allison, bassist Larry Antonino, and drummer Jay Schellen, many of whom have achieved success with other acts over the years. Schellen had previously played in classic hard rock outfit Hurricane, the John Payne version of Asia, and has in more recent years become known to Las Vegas rock fans as the drummer in the Raiding the Rock Vault show. This is a talented quintet, and it is great to see them united for this release.



Okay, I have to get this out of the way – as embarrassed as I am to admit it, I had never heard Unruly Child prior to this release, or even heard of them, despite being familiar with a number of these musicians in their other acts and projects. That said, I was no less curious to hear what the musicians in question would serve up here!

The music on the album is surprisingly melodic, but has its share of solid rock riffs as well; Schellen was formerly a member of Asia, and much of the music on here is somewhat reminiscent of their sound, though certainly not coming off as a “copycat” either. The real star of the show is Marcie Free, who remains one of the rock and roll world’s unsung heroes behind the microphone. Free’s vocals dominate every track on the release, and help to leave a lasting impression.

This is a worthy effort from Unruly Child; it is a shame that the band’s material remains largely overlooked and unknown. But what is on this release deserves to be heard. The album gets a firm recommendation.



By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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