San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB have announced the addition of guitarist Brian Jackson (formerly of the Las Vegas band KREEP) to the group's ranks. The band says, "Brian stepped in after only a week to learn a 14-song set and has absolutely crushed shit while on tour. He's proven to be a perfect fit for SKINLAB and is willing to dedicate himself 150% to SKINLAB."
SKINLAB was forced to cancel its "Sons of a Sikworld Tour" with MOWER last week after vocalist/bassist Steev Esquivel was diagnosed with "a severe lung infection" before the October 3 concert in Herkimer, New York.
Commented Esquivel: "I'm finally home resting up the lungs and finally able to get a full breath of air into my system.
"I've gotta say it has been a rough few weeks... not for only me, but my band, as they have been nothing short of supportive for my situation. That has ultimately has taken its toll on not only me, but the band, our agent, label, sponsors, and most of all, the fans who have stuck by us through thick and thicker!!
"This is the first time I've ever been sidelined by any weakness and it bums me out to have cancelled the tour... knowing that there has been so much hard work put into making this tour even happen.
"We are currently trying to plan our next tour... Let it be know we have NOT thrown in the towel and look forward to getting back on tour.
"With tours being lined up for Australia and Europe in early 2010, we are also making ourselves available for anything that may pop up... Bring it!!"
SKINLAB's new album, "The Scars Between Us", sold around 380 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD was issued on September 15 via Stand And Deliver Records.
Commented Esquivel: "We're off to a slow start, but sales continue to rise, which is awesome to see. With so many great bands coming out the same release day and surrounding releases, we are very fortunate to even exist after such a lengthy hiatus."
SKINLAB's next concert will take place on October 24 at The Boardwalk in Orangevale, California.
The band's video for the song "In for the Kill" can be viewed below. The clip was filmed in May 2008 at the group's warehouse in Oakland, California with new, up-and-coming director Jourdan McClure and it features appearances by UFC fighter Nate Quarry and Greg Thompson.
SKINLAB released a live album, "SkinnedAlive!", in April 2008 via BCD Music Group. The CD was recorded on June 3, 2007 at The Metro in Oakland, California.