Skin Yard was an americangrunge band from seattle. The group never gained any mainstream audience, but they have been an influence on their contemporaries (Soundgarden, The Melvins, and Green River). These bands are considered the early pioneers of the sound that would later be called grunge. Some members of the band have gone on to work with successful bands such as R.E.M. and Soundgarden. The band was formed in January 1985 by Daniel House and Jack Endino.