Scar Tissue emerged from California's goth/industrial scene in 1990 and was alternately labeled "power electro", "tribal industrial" and other adjective combinations exposing them as not fitting into a particular sub-genre. They gained a loyal following for their broad stylistic scope as well as for their entertaining live shows which were drastically different from the "two guys twiddling knobs" phenomenon common in the electronic industrial genre.
The band released three CDs on 21st Circuitry Records (distributed by Caroline Records) and appeared on numerous compilations throughout the 1990s. Most of Scar Tissue's live performances were in California, but they toured the United States three times: once as a headliner with opening band Luxt, and twice as the opening act for 16 Volt. When 21st Circuitry's assets were bought by Metropolis Records, the Scar Tissue CD inventory was trashed. Those original releases are now available only through used CD outlets (click here to view Amazon's Scar Tissue page) but fans can still access all the band's music by making a friendly request through this site.
In the first few years of the new century, Scar Tissue continued creating music under the name Form/Alkaline. A variety of CDRs were sold over the internet and at live shows from 1999 to 2003, but there were no releases under this name on any record label. This material is available as the Scar Tissue album "Form/Alkaline". As of 2011, the band has released two more albums of dark electronics: "Potential" and "Obscurity".
Steve Watkins & Philip Caldwell, the primary Scar Tissue members, continue to write, record and perform individually, together, and with other projects.
The band-name lettering and "notebook page" insert from Scar Tissue's "TMOTD" CD were created by Jhonen Vasquez who is best known for his comics "Johny the Homicidal Maniac" (note the "Happy Noodle Boy" shirt Steve is wearing in this picture) and for his animated Nickelodeon TV show "Invader Zim"
Scar Tissue's founding member, Sean Vowell, picked his "Dofino" moniker from the label on a box of produce
All of the songs from Scar Tissue's three CDs on 21st Circuitry were recorded live to 2-track digital tape, with no overdubbing; all midi sequences were controlled using an Enzoniq ASR-10 sampler
Scar Tissue's first live show was at Deep Groove Records in Santa Barbara, CA
Classically-trained singer Karen Feder played live samples for several Scar Tissue shows (seen in this picture and this one); Steve played percussion (an open, mangled television) for her Senior recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Other artists who have performed as "fill-in" musicians with Scar Tissue include: Dave Dayneko of FM Fatale (CD DJ), Julian Tulip (live samples & spoken word), and Nial of 3D House of Beef (improv noise guitar)
Steve met Scar Tissue's long-time live DJ, Tao, at a house party while on tour with 16 Volt