The original lineup of San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB has reformed and is booking select shows where it will perform its 1997 debut album, "Bound, Gagged And Blindfolded", in its entirety. Steev Esquivel (vocals, bass), Paul Hopkins (drums), Gary Wendt (guitar) and Mike Roberts (guitar) have also announced plans to begin working on a new full-length effort.
SKINLAB's reunited original lineup will perform at the BlackThorne Screamfest on October 28 at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, California. More dates will be announced soon.
"Bound, Gagged And Blindfolded" was reissued in October 2007 via Century Media Records. The repackaged disc featured never-before-seen video footage and pictures with liner notes from Esquivel and Roberts along with new artwork layout.
SKINLAB has played sporadic shows in the last few years but hasn't released any new music since 2009's "The Scars Between Us" album.
The band has had different lineups throughout its history, with Esquivel as the only mainstay.
In a 2011 interview with Thrash Magazine, Esquivel stated about SKINLAB's sound: "Everyone said we were too death metal on 'Bound, Gagged And Blindfolded', which we didn't agree with. We've never really fit into any one genre. We're definitely not nu metal, which a lot of people think, and we're definitely not metalcore. We just write what feels good to us without losing the sound of SKINLAB. Everyone has their own opinion and interpretation on what genre we fall into."