Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, the principal members of Tears For Fears, have put aside 10 years of bad blood in favor of collaborating together again.
The duo separated in 1990 after friction described by Orzabal to LAUNCH as “a boil that was lanced finally, and it was pretty bloody.” But the necessity to keep in touch due to ongoing Tears For Fears business concerns, coupled with mellowing with age by both artists, recently reunited the pair.
Orzabal tells LAUNCH, “It was very strange, very strange, indeed. But at the same time you think, ‘Well what the hell am I worried about? What’s all the angst about?’ You don’t speak to someone, you don’t speak to someone, your mind’s going crazy. And so, we met up and we realized, you know, lots of water under the bridge and that we weren’t really the same people at all. So, you know, we got together and started sort of comparing material and talking about music and started doing some work.”
After worldwide success with the albums The Hurting, Songs From The Big Chair, and The Seeds Of Love, Smith left the group. However, Orzabal continued recording and touring under the Tears name, releasing 1993’s Elemental and 1995’s Raoul And The Kings Of Spain.
Orzabal released his own solo debut, Tomcats Screaming Outside, earlier this month. Smith has also issued solo efforts throughout the last decade, as well as working under band moniker Mayfield.