Mistrust (band)

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Mistrust promo.jpg
From left to right:
Chris Gohde, Tim Wolfe, Jeff L'Heureux,
Michael Winston, and Owen Wright
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, USA
Genres Heavy metal
Years active 1984–1988
Labels C.O.M.A., Heart of Steel
Associated acts Culprit
My Sister's Machine
Past members Chris Gohde
Jeff L'Heureux
Michael Winston
Tim Wolfe
Owen Wright

Mistrust was a heavy metal band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984. This band primarily consisted of vocalist Jeff L'Heureux, guitarists Owen Wright and Michael Winston, bassist Tim Wolfe, and drummer Chris Gohde. They recorded one album in their brief existence called Spin the World, which was originally released through C.O.M.A. Records in 1986 and again through Heart of Steel Records in 2009.[1][2][3]


Background and formation (1981-1984)[edit]

Before joining Mistrust, vocalist Jeff L’Heureux was involved in a band called Culprit, which was first formed in 1981.[4] They recorded one studio album in 1983 called Guilty as Charged.[4][5] Meanwhile, guitarist Michael Winston and bassist Tim Wolfe played in a band called Rottweiller, appearing alongside various other artists, including Metal Church, on a compilation album in 1984 called Northwest Metalfest; this album also features the band Sato whose bass player was future Alice in Chains member Mike Starr.[6][7][8] Winston and Wolfe left Rottweiler shortly afterwards to join guitarist Owen Wright, drummer Chris Gohde, and vocalist Kevin Wells in what was then the first incarnation of Mistrust.[9] When asked why they chose Mistrust as their band name, Gohde replied, "I forget who came up with the name, but I think Owen did. We thought there was a lot of 'mistrust' in the world so kind[a] just went with it. And it sounded cool!"[9] Things began to fall apart with Wells prompting the rest of the band to search for a different vocalist as they continued to hone their craft. Eventually, Jeff L'Heureux agreed to help out and sing on their demo but initially declined to join the band as he was still with Culprit at the time.[9]

Spin the World (1985-1988)[edit]

In 1985, Mistrust recorded a song with L'Heureux as a part-time member called "Running for My Life", which later appeared on the compilation album Pacific Metal Project.[9][10] When Culprit broke up following the departure of guitarist Kjartan Kristofferson (who would also later join Mistrust, albeit briefly) and bassist Scott Earl, L'Heureux became a full-time member of Mistrust. A year later, they released their first full-length album Spin the World, which was released through C.O.M.A. records in 1986. The release of this album brought them opening gigs with Alice Cooper, Stryper, and Loudness.[9] However, the record failed to sell enough and things began to fall apart again culminating with Winston's departure from the group in 1987. Former Culprit guitarist Kjartan Kristofferson took his place for a brief period and the group continued performing shows and writing music but eventually they decided to call it quits in 1988.[9]

Post-break-up (1988-present)[edit]

After the break-up, Owen Wright and Chris Gohde formed the band My Sister's Machine along with singer-guitarist Nick Pollock and bassist Chris Ivanovich; Pollock previously played guitar with singer Layne Staley in an early incarnation of Alice in Chains.[11] They recorded two albums, Diva and Wallflower, before breaking up in 1994. In 2009, Mistrust reunited at the Feedback Lounge in West Seattle to celebrate the CD release of Spin the World through Heart of Steel Records.



Spin the World[edit]

Spin the World
Studio album by Mistrust
Released 1986
Genre Heavy metal
Length 32:06
Label C.O.M.A. Records
Heart of Steel Records
Producer Monty Smith
Jeff Gilbert
1."Lightning and Thunder"4:11
2."Spin the World"4:13
4."Loaded Gun"4:52
5."(Yes) It's True"3:41
6."Running for My Life"2:38
7."Love Me Overtime"2:45
8."It's Alright"3:18
9."March in E Minor"3:42
Other appearances
Year Song Title Label
1985 "Running for Life" Pacific Metal Project Restless Records


  1. ^ "Mistrust at Encyclopaedia Metallum". Metal-archives.com. 2002-08-17. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  2. ^ "Spin the World at Encyclopaedia Metallum". Metal-archives.com. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Heart Of Steel Records To Reissue MISTRUST's Spin The World". Brave Words. 2009-02-04. Retrieved 2017-03-10. 
  4. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Culprit Allmusic Bio". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Guilty as Charged Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Rottweiller at Encyclopaedia Metallum". Metal-archives.com. 2003-08-20. Retrieved 2017-06-06. 
  7. ^ "Rare Northwest Metalfest Footage Surfaces Featuring METAL CHURCH, Late Bassist Mike Starr's SATO, And More". Brave Words. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2017-06-02. 
  8. ^ Northwest Metalfest Discogs
  9. ^ a b c d e f Spin the World (Media notes). Mistrust. Heart of Steel Records. 2009. 
  10. ^ Pacific Metal Project Discogs
  11. ^ Boehm, Mike (May 15, 1992). "MSM: Newest Vein of Gold in Seattle's Hard-Rock Quarry". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved December 5, 2011. 

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