Skinlab is an alternative metal band formed in Oakland in September 1995 by bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel and guitarist Mike Roberts; the group also includes guitarist Gary Wendt and drummer Paul Hopkins. The intense, ultra-heavy riffing showcased on their demo tapes got them a contract with Century Media, which issued their debut album, Bound, Gagged and Blindfolded, in 1997. However, both guitarists left the group in the wake of the heavy touring that followed; ex-Skrew guitarist Snake and ex-Killing Culture and Laaz Rockit guitarist Scott Sargeant were eventually brought in as replacements. This lineup recorded the 1998 Eyesore EP to tide fans over; the full-length Disembody: The New Flesh appeared in 1999. Sergeant left the group shortly before they decided to step back into the studio, but Glen Telford was quickly plugged into his spot. Hooking together with producer Steve Evetts, the band recorded Revolting Room and released it in the summer of 2002. After touring with Metal Heavyweights Slayer in 2003, the band went on a 3 year hiatus, but has since reformed.
In a world where punk rock has grown stagnant and politically correct, where cookie-cutter bands worry more about gaining praise than being creative, Treephort has come to rescue us with a fresh take on punk meets grindcore meets classic rock with fun, cheeky lyrics, and stage antics only to be attempted by those who have no fear of disfigurement.
Treephort has created a cult-like following by performing high-energy, "different", always-hilarious, sometimes-dangerous, often-times legendary live concerts. Their shows offer refreshingly simple, do-it-you-yourself, "Nerdcore", novelty-punk rock n' roll with outrageous (albeit sometimes confusing) art-house theatrics.
Treephort encourages folks to come out of their shells, laugh, have a little fun, not take life so seriously, and truly immerse themselves into the live performance. They also encourage the audience to spit on them, well sometimes. After another long hiatus, another new generation of Treephort has emerged. Old fans? Nice to see you again. New fans? Welcome. That thing under your nice bangs is called a smile.