Sunday Old School: Trust
There are some bands in the history of heavy metal music who perhaps never gained the attention and recognition they should have, but some of these are lucky enough to have bigger names exposing their fans to their music. As good as Diamond Head are, it can be argued that without Metallica name dropping them, many younger metal fans today would not have heard of them. The same can be said for when Anthrax scored a hit in 1988 hit with the song, "Antisocial," which is considered one of their trademark songs, but was actually originally written and recorded by a French band named Trust, who we will examine today.
Trust began life in the French capital city of Paris in 1977, formed by vocalist, Bernard "Bernie" Bonvoisin, guitarist Norbert "Nono" Krief, bass player Raymond "Ray" Manna and drummer, Jean-Émile "Jeannot." They released their first demo, "Prends Pas Ton Flingue" ("Don't Take Your Gun With You" later that year, before re-releasing the song as a single in 1978. A year later, the band's debut full length, "L'elite" hit the shelves, which featured a cover of the AC/DC song, "Ride On," a band who the French outfit had befriended in recent times and whose singer, Bon Scott, Bonvoisin was often compared to.
A sophomore record was not far behind and in 1980, the group released, "Repression," which contained the anthem they are best known for, "Antisocial." The album was recorded both in French and in English, for which the band were helped with the translation by Sham 69 singer, Jimmy Pursey. "Repression," as the title might suggest was a politically and socially charged record which attacked a number of values and figures, including Ayatollah Khomeini, Louis Darquier de Pellepoix and the Prague Spring, as well as quoting the legendary French criminal, Jacques Mesrine on the song, "Le Mitard."
For their next album, they brought in some skills from across the Channel with the recruitment on English drummer, Nicko McBrain, who performed on their 1981 album, "Marche ou Crève," which was also recorded in a separate, English language version entitled, "Savage." It met with a mostly positive response but after the departure of McBrain (who was briefly replaced by the man whose job he took in Iron Maiden, Clive Burr) and the softer 1983 album, "Idéal," some fans felt that Trust had lost their edge and following a fifth album, "Rock and Roll," the band decided to call it a day.
Like many heavy metal bands, the announcement that they had disbanded didn't hold true for long, as Bonvoisin and Krief would briefly reform the group in 1988 for a handful of live shows and a new record entitled, "En Attendent," and then again in 1996, four years after the release of the band's first live album, "Repression Dance L'hexagone." The second reunion spawned a new album, "Europe et Haines" that year, with another album, "Ni Dieu Ni Maître" arriving in the year 2000, during which the band broke up for the third time.
Although Trust had previously returned from the dead twice before, 2008 marked the first time they had done so with the original lineup, who performed a "best of" set at the Festival des Terres Neuvas in July of that year, before a new album, "13 à Table" was released two months later. The band continued to perform sporadically, including a slot on the 2012 edition of the Sonisphere festival, for which they were meant to return to in 2013. It seems unlikely that they will be hitting the stage in the near future unfortunately, after the bulk of the group formed a new band called Kollektif AK-47, who will be releasing an album later this year. Whether or not Trust returns remains to be seen, though it is certainly hoped for by fans and those aware of one of the greatest rock bands to ever emerge from France.
Trust - "L'elite"
Trust - "Antisocial"
Trust - "Certitude... Solitude..."
Trust - "Ideal"
Trust - "On Lèche, On Lâche, On Lynche"
Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.
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