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Mistrust was a heavy metal band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984. This band primarily consisted of vocalist Jeff L'Heureux (Culprit), guitarists Owen Wright (My Sister's Machine, Old Lady Litterbug) and Michael Winston (Rottweiller), bassist Tim Wolfe (Rottweiler), and drummer Chris Gohde (My Sister's Machine). 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]


Background and formation (1981-1984)[]

Before joining Mistrust, vocalist Jeff L’Heureux was involved in a band called Culprit, which was first formed in 1981.[2] Meanwhile, guitarist Michael Winston and bassist Tim Wolfe played in a band called Rottweiller. 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.[3] 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!"[3] 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. They initially went with Howard Dee Gray, who is the older brother of Kelly Gray, and recorded a four-song demo with him before he also parted ways with the group.[4] 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.[3]

Spin the World (1985-1988)[]

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.[3][5] When Culprit broke up following the departure of guitarist Kjartan Kristoffersen (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.[3] 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 Kristoffersen 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.[3]

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

After the break-up, Owen Wright and Chris Gohde formed the band My Sister's Machine.[6] Wright later formed Old Lady Litterbug, with whom he released an extended play, KMG-365.

In October 2021, N.W. Metalworx co-owner James R. Beach announced on Facebook that his label will be releasing an expanded reissue of Spin the World, featuring three unreleased songs recorded in early 1987, in 2022.[4]




  1. Heart Of Steel Records To Reissue MISTRUST's Spin The World. Brave Words (2009-02-04). Retrieved on March 10, 2017.
  2. Rivadavia, Eduardo. Culprit Allmusic Bio. Retrieved on January 10, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Liner notes, Spin the World LP. 2009.
  5. Pacific Metal Project Discogs.
  6. Boehm, Mike (May 15, 1992). MSM: Newest Vein of Gold in Seattle's Hard-Rock Quarry. Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved on December 5, 2011.

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