Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB have announced the return of guitarist Steve Green, best known to fans as Snake. The news comes ahead of the band's first live activities of 2018, the "Brothers In Blood Tour", also featuring PISSING RAZORS and SHATTERED SUN.
"We are very excited to announce that our brother Snake has returned home and has rejoined SKINLAB for the 'Brothers In Blood Tour'," said SKINLAB frontman Steev Esquivel. "Our boy has slithered right back into our lives, and we embrace him with open arms.
"Snake has always been a huge part of SKINLAB, making his debut on the 'Eyesore' EP back in 1998. That fan favorite has become a collector's item, and Snake's blood and spirit has been a constant fixture through every release we've done since. We couldn't be happier to have him back for this tour."
Added Snake: "It all comes down to LOVE... LOVE for these two dudes, Steev and Paul [Hopkins, drums], with whom I have shared so much time with. LOVE for the powerful music we have made, LOVE for the fans of SKINLAB, and ultimately, the LOVE for LIFE around every corner we turn. We're older, wiser and share a mutual passion for what we've created together. As for the future, we'll enter the studio and take things day by day, waiting to see what fate the metal Gods will bring forth. Enjoy the moment!"
"The last week has been an amazing experience that started off with handshakes, hugs and tears," continued Esquivel. "The mood quickly turned into a massive wall of heaviness, however, when we began rehearsing a setlist of a dozen-plus songs, each met with smiles and nods of approval. To us, it's obvious that this machine is back in action and ready for war! We are very excited to jump back on the road!"
In addition to rejoining SKINLAB, Snake remains a member of THE DEVIL IN CALIFORNIA, with whom he's been performing since 2015. The band has been added to the bill for SKINLAB's homecoming show on February 10 in Crockett, California.
SKINLAB's lineup for the "Brothers In Blood Tour" is:
Steev Esquivel - Vocals, Bass
Paul Hopkins - Drums
Snake - Guitar
Marcos Medina Rivera - Guitar
"Brothers In Blood Tour" featuring SKINLAB, PISSING RAZORS, SHATTERED SUN:
Jan. 25 - San Diego, CA - Brick by Brick
Jan. 26 - Mesa, AZ - Club Red
Jan. 27 - Las Vegas, NV - Dive Bar
Jan. 28 - Flagstaff, AZ - The Green Room
Jan. 29 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
Jan. 30 - Lubbock, TX - Jake’s Backroom
Jan. 31 - Fort Worth, TX - The Rail Club
Feb. 01 - Houston, TX - Concert Pub North
Feb. 02 - Austin, TX - Come & Take It Live
Feb. 03 - Harlingen, TX - The Hop Shop
SKINLAB with MEDIA SOLUTION, CORE 10:
Feb. 07 - Fullerton, CA - The Slidebar
SKINLAB hometown show with THE GHOST NEXT DOOR, MONSTER GOD and THE DEVIL IN CALIFORNIA:
Feb. 10 - Crockett, CA – Toot's Tavern
Two new songs from SKINLAB, "Dead Tomorrow" and "End Of Silence", can be streamed below. The tracks were produced by 36 CRAZYFISTS guitarist Steve Holt and mark the first new music from the band since 2009's "The Scars Between Us" album.
Formed in 1994, SKINLAB has released four studio albums: 1997's "Bound, Gagged And Blindfolded", 1999's "Disembody: The New Flesh", 2002's "ReVolting Room" and 2009's "The Scars Between Us".
"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 guitarist Mike Roberts along with new artwork layout.
SKINLAB has had different lineups throughout its history, with Esquivel and Hopkins as the only mainstays.