Slut was born in 1995. We grew up and met in Ingolstadt, apart from Rainer who spent his childhood in a small village 30km away. Amusing anecdote: his first time in a McDonald's was at the age of 17.
In 1996 we sign our first record deal with Sticksister Records. This sees the birth of our debut album "For Exercise and Amusement", recorded by Mario Thaler. The album is a kind of summary of the band's first 15-month-existence. Then we go on tour! Don Rock (singer of former German bands like "Sharon Stoned" and "Locust Fudge") comes with us and introduces us to the rock'n roll world. We drive through various countries and introduce ourselves simply by saying "Hello, we're Slut from Germany", and from there on everything happens by itself and it is great.
1997. The band becomes closer and we hire an old castle in Westerhofen (near Ingolstadt). Together, we live and work there. We transform some of the rooms to accommodate them for our band practices and transform others into a studio. This studio is actually owned by our 'live-mixer', Holger Krywon. We affectionately call him "grandpa" because of the age difference between us.
1998 sees the production of "Interference", in our brand new studio. Living and working in the same place allows us to analyse our work more carefully and helps us feel strongly self-sufficient and independent in our choices towards our music. Moreover having one's own bedroom only two flights of stairs away from the studio has sometimes an advantage. The members of "Pelzig", Rene's and Rainer's other band, also live with us in the castle in Westerhofen.
1999. We go on tour as much as possible. We also take loads of pictures (one represents a circus tent in Sweden) because we want as many souvenirs as possible of the places we visit. Anecdote: we went to play in a festival in Sweden, where there was no beer at all. "Grandpa" was not happy about that! 1999 also brings Rainer and Christian to the end of their studies. Rainer is an engineer and Christian an architect. Rene and I (Gerd) still study in our free time. Matthias is finally doing his civil service in a psychiatric department.
2000. The band has more time to devote to its music. This is when we decide to try out various things to help us in our music. We try playing different songs, anything that could contribute to our music. Hans-Christian Schmidt asks us to write two songs for his film "Crazy". This gives birth to the two songs, "Sensation" and "Welcome", the most melancholic part of our following album. "Welcome" is then released on a single album. Before we know it, we are signing a contract with Virgin. Matthias finishes his civil service, which means that each one of us can dedicate all our time to the band and our music. All that matters to us is the production of the new album. And we feel fine.
2001. lookbook is finished. We fly to London and Chris Blair does the mastering of the album in the abbey-road studios. And here we go: our very first journey through the press. We give hundreds of interviews, we play our songs with acoustic guitars live on radio, we appear on tv and start a long tour that takes us through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Then summer comes and along with it the music festival period: we play almost everywhere until autumn. After a short break we start working together again on a new album, the title of which we have already chosen...
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