- 12:55 am - Mon, Feb 25, 2013
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Seeing Sounds: Skin Yard
Despite two songs on the now legendary “Deep Six” compilation that established what later became the “grunge” sound, Skin Yard was one of those bands you simply couldn’t place. A quick listen to any of their songs doesn’t necessarily scream “Teen Spirit” or anything close to it. In fact, it’s difficult to draw parallels between Skin Yard and the bands that came after them. That was their art.
Well, aside from an impressive lineup and a graduating class of drumming alumni. Skin Yard was a jumping off point for the upcoming greats in the industry long before the so-called grunge movement.
With a rather shaky appeal to Sub Pop, Skin Yard would put out one 7” single on the label.
“There was a little bit of weirdness with Sub Pop, because Skin Yard was not a band that they felt was appropriate for the label, and it wasn’t hard to see why—we were a little too metal”
Jack Endino, Guitarist
from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
With a metal-inspired sound, plenty of prog elements, and a rather psychedelic vibe with a unique melodic vocal approach, Skin Yard wasn’t exactly a poster child for Sub-Pop, particularly in its search for punk-inspired acts. Nevertheless, Skin Yard would release a body of work that never ceased to amaze.
I was delighted to learn that not only do the members of Skin Yard still honor their history, but their catalog as well. In the past few years, the band has remixed, re-released, and digitized its catalog, even put together a live compilation available on iTunes for listening enjoyment.
"Start at the Top" is somewhat of a career-spanning compilation album that provides a rather comprehensive view of the band’s overall texture over the years, as we are allowed to experience the gamut of Skin Yard’s constantly revolving drum throne.
Though often overlooked and even more constantly underrated, the devout will be quick to tell you of Skin Yard’s connection and hand in the overall success of the music to come, as its members would go on to participate in bands such as Soundgarden, Love Battery, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees, Mad Season, and countless others. All beginning with Skin Yard.
Check out their updated and rather complete catalog on Itunes.
The poster above was mostly inspired by the intense colors I always associated with Skin Yard due to one of my favorite releases (and most elusive)- Hallowed Ground. From a graphic perspective, the moment you utter “Skin Yard,” all two words of it, my mind is immediately turned to the stark pinks, reds, blues, and blacks from Hallowed Ground, even though it’s not their most well-known release. The fingerprint texture was a must for me, as the cover of “Fist Sized Chunks” had this warped texture to me that I had initially thought was a fingerprint, but was actually a face.