Stephen Shareaux thinks that four out of the five Kik Tracee members would do a band reunion
Former Kik Tracee lead vocalist Stephen Shareaux was recently interviewed by Metal Mike for the 80’s Glam Metalcast podcast.
In terms of why Kik Tracee broke up, Shareaux opined (as transcribed by the 80’s Glam Metalcast podcast with slight edits): “The whole grunge thing wasn’t what broke Kik Tracee up. Kik Tracee broke Kik Tracee up. The five personalities in that band were going through some serious life changes. We were a young band with money, resentment, egos, drugs, divorce, marriage…. You name it! The band just imploded during recording our third album. We just took it for granted. Nobody stepped in like management or the label to say you guys gotta get this done. It should have been me. We all just checked out.”
On whether he would ever reunite the band, Shareaux indicated: “We are last standing band that hasn’t reunited! Hopefully that’s creating more demand and value. I’m not opposed. I’m sure four out of five of the members would do it. It would be fun. It would be interesting to get in a room and play that stuff again.”
Wikipedia provides the following history for Kik Tracee (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, Minnesota, 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.”
You can listen to the interview with Stephen Shareaux on the 80’s Glam Metalcast podcast below:
Kik Tracee‘s “You’re So Strange” video: