Jazz singer Pamela Laws met bassist Nancy Hess in Berkeley, CA, in 1991. The two hit it off and began playing acoustic dates around Northern California. They later went electric, adding guitarist Ken Weller and drummer Matt Boudreau. Seven Day Diary began to play around the Bay Area, and released the Figure Six EP. Warner Bros., reacting to heavy college airplay, signed the band, re-released the EP and, in 1995, issued Skin and Blister.