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Skin Yard

Skin Yard
United States
Skin Yard was formed in Seattle in January 1985 by Daniel House (bass), and Jack Endino (guitar). They were joined by Matt Cameron (drums) who had previously played with House in an instrumental power trio called FEEdbACK. Ben McMillan became the band's singer in April 1985 and Skin Yard’s first gig was opening for the U-Men on June 7, 1985. Cameron later left to join Soundgarden, and Skin Yard went through a number of drummers, including Barrett Martin, later of Screaming Trees. Although part of the scene in Seattle that came to be called "grunge," their style incorporated odd meters and other elements known in progressive rock. Endino went on to become a well-known producer, with Nirvana, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Therapy? and many more to his credit. Martin is a sought-after session drummer as well as being a member of Tuatara. Cameron has also been successful, first with Soundgarden, then Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Tone Dogs, and others; he is also a widely recorded session drummer.
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Releases on file (5)
Skin Yard — Inside the Eye Skin Yard — Inside the Eye
(Cruz CRZ CD 027, 1993, CD)
Skin Yard — 1000 Smiling Knuckles Skin Yard — 1000 Smiling Knuckles
(Cruz CRCD017, 1991, CD)
Skin Yard — Fist Sized Chunks Skin Yard — Fist Sized Chunks
(Cruz CR-CD 009, 1990, CD)
Skin Yard — Hallowed Ground Skin Yard — Hallowed Ground
(Toxic Shock TXCD15, 1988, CD)
Skin Yard — Skin Yard Skin Yard — Skin Yard
(Cruz CRZ CD 015, 1986/1992, CD)

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