Stephen Shareaux feels Kik Tracee might be the last Sunset Strip band that has yet to reunite

Stephen Shareaux feels Kik Tracee might be the last Sunset Strip band that has yet to reunite

Former Kik Tracee lead vocalist Stephen Shareaux was recently interviewed by Shawn Ratches on the Laughing Monkey Music podcast. Shareaux released a solo album titled Silver Linings back in December 2020.

In terms of whether Kik Tracee would consider doing reunion shows, Shareaux indicated (as provided by the Laughing Monkey Music podcast): “I think we might be the last band that hasn’t, you know, done a reunion from the Sunset Strip. And you know, gone on. I don’t know Rocklahoma is or what you know, whatnot.” Shareaux added: “Yeah, I’m considering it right now.”

Wikipedia states the following about Kik Tracee‘s history (with slight edits):

“The band was formed in a Los Angeles suburb in 1988 by guitarists Gregory “Hex” Offers and Michael Marquis, bassist Rob Grad, and drummer Scott Donnell. The four had played the Los Angeles club scene from the age of 16. Singer Stephen Shareaux hailed from Minneapolis, MN, and joined the group that would become Kik Tracee. Drummer Johnny Douglas replaced Donnell during recording of the first album, citing creative differences with producer Dana Strum.

The band was sometimes accused of being a clone of Guns N’ Roses. Others argue that the band’s complexity and depth placed them on a higher level than the average L.A. rock band. Despite such accolades, Kik Tracee were one of many third-wave glam metal bands in the early 1990s swept out of commercial visibility due to the popularity of the alternative music scene. The band saw a very short run on MTV‘s Headbangers Ball in the 1990s, their sound having been described as similar to that of L.A. Guns, Britny Fox, and Faster Pussycat.

Dana Strum of Slaughter fame produced Kik Tracee‘s 1991 album No Rules for BMG Music, spawning the singles (and accompanying videos) “You’re So Strange” and “Don’t Need Rules.” Kik Tracee released the Chris Goss-produced EP Field Trip in 1992. A video was shot for the track “In Trance.” Kik Tracee, along with producer Garth Richardson, began work on their second full-length release titled Center of A Tension, but the band broke up during the recording process, and the unfinished album was shelved.”

Interview with Stephen Shareaux on the Laughing Monkey Music podcast:

Kik Tracee‘s “You’re So Strange” video: