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BUSAN, South Korea -- Jake and the Slut have been having a good run these past few years. They've won the annual School of Basement Battle of the Bands twice in a row, they recently took the prize at Allive's Battle of the Bands at Vinyl, they've rocked the UN memorial center, performed in multiple Korean cities and, perhaps, most importantly, managed to get people to mosh to Stevie Wonder covers. Despite all of this, the obvious question still remains… Who is the slut?

Jake and the Slut: Spreading the love of Music


BUSAN, South Korea – Jake and the Slut have been having a good run these past few years. They’ve won the annual School of Basement Battle of the Bands twice in a row, they recently took the prize at Allive’s Battle of the Bands at Vinyl, they’ve rocked the UN memorial center, performed in multiple Korean cities and, perhaps, most importantly, managed to get people to mosh to Stevie Wonder covers. Despite all of this, the obvious question still remains… Who is the slut?

The source of the band’s name originated from a drunken scheme between Canadian frontman Jake McDonald and Irish guitarist Michael Park in early 2010. The proposal was composed of two segments; the first was to design the perfect razor to shave your private parts (which unfortunately didn’t follow through), and the second was to start a band.

Quickly, the name debate arose. During this intoxicated discussion, the two founding members were enjoying burgers over eight inches thick that were falling all over the place, which they best described as being slutty burgers. This evolved into Jake and the Slutty Burger, which then was shortened to Jake and the Slut. The name has been modified to Slot or Strut during performances of formal backgrounds, such as weddings or children’s parties.

Despite the band’s initial fear of pissed off feminists giving us a hard time, the name has, in fact, been praised for diffusing the word with its humorous nature. Although not all were satisfied with the moniker, McDonald’s fiancée Colleen Turlo, who used to occasionally sing backing vocals, has had plenty of people accidently directing the name at her, which is probably why she no longer sings for the band.

The band that McDonald and Park originally started together is no longer recognisable today. What used to be an acoustic folk/country/soft rock duo has transformed into a fast heavy rock band, thanks to the additions of English drummer Duncan Morris and American bassist Neil Hamm. Despite the band’s metal sway, it still remains a cross-genre group with each member contributing their own musical influences, such as Neil Young, CCR, Frank Turner and Black Sabbath.

They base their recent second victory in the Basement’s annual Battle of the Bands on their very loyal fan base. There are two main crowds in Busan, Park explained. The PNU audience and the KSU audience. We felt more at home in Seomyeon, but after the venue Metal City closed down, we felt like orphans. So we are very lucky to have a fanbase spread all over Busan that were willing to support us at the Basement.

Duncan was impressed with other performances at the Basement, particularly with industrial newcomers Damagia. They were fantastic, and totally blew me away, he said. All the bands at the finals deserved to win, as well as a bunch others who didn’t make it to the finals.

Despite the band’s deserved victory, some members have expressed slight guilt in utilizing a more cover-heavy set, rather than their usual 50-50 ratio of covers and originals. The band hoped to incorporate more originals and has plans to record some songs in the future. McDonald explained that it in fact takes far longer to rehearse and practice a cover than it does with writing an original song. The whole process of deciding what cover to play itself takes ages. We would walk into a bar to decide what we want cover and two or three hours later, we would walk out with no idea.

The band’s solid foundation in Busan has given them the confidence to play in cities even farther out. With all this in mind, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t take the crown for the third time in next year’s Battle of the Bands.


Recordings of Jake and the Slut’s performances can be found on their Facebook and Reverb Nation page: www.reverbnation.com/jakeandtheslut

Photos courtesy of Jake and the Slut.


 


 

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