SATURDAY’S SCOTTISH SONG : #305: SLUTS OF TRUST

Sluts of Trust were formed in 2002 by John McFarlane (guitar/vocals) and Anthony O’Donnell (drums).

An early gig at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow saw members of Aereogramme in the audience, who recommended them to their label, Chemikal Underground.

They would go on to record two singles and one album for the label, We Are All Sluts of Trust which was released in April 2004. But the studio was never really their forte, as indeed acknowledged on the Chem website:-

“…a thunderously enjoyable duo whose live shows were a collision of AC/DC, White Stripes, Queen and Sparks – they were that good. Recording their debut album in the old Chem19 with Paul Savage over a series of mostly live takes, ‘We Are All Sluts Of Trust’ is a terrifically sleazy proposition: songs like ‘Greatest Gift’, ‘Piece O’ You’ and ‘Lets…’ are, if we’re going to be brutally honest, relentlessly sexual and none the worse for it.”

I don’t ever recall seeing Sluts of Trust given that they appear to be a duo who left an impression, good or bad.

They undertook an American tour as support to burlesque dance group Suicide Girls – something I remember reading about and which put my oh-so politically correct self right off them.

In early 2005, Anthony O’Donnell took his leave of the band and was replaced by Roo Harris. The new line-up played extensively that year, including as special guests of Bloc Party during a lengthy European tour.

There hasn’t been much activity from the band since then, and there’s certainly been no new music for what is now 18 years. I don’t have a copy of the album, but two of the band’s songs were included on Dramatis Personae, a compilation CD/DVD issued by Chem to celebrate its first eleven years of activities:-

mp3: Sluts of Trust – Piece O’ You

JC

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