i figure Radioactive Records will probably take down their dig page one of these days, since the band is no longer with the label. so i mirrored the most interesting part of their page here:


Scott Hackwith - vocals/guitar
Jon Morris - guitar | Joel Graves - guitar
Gene Trautmann - drums | Rob Reddick - bass

Runt (ep) - Wasteland Records (1993)
dig (lp) - Radioactive/MCA Records (1993)
Airheads (soundtrack) - 20th Century Fox Studios (1994)
Soft Pretzel (ep) - Radioactive/MCA Records (1995)
Virtuosity (soundtrack) - Paramount Pictures (1995)
Saturday Morning Cartoon's Greatest Hits (lp) - MCA Records (1995)
Defenders of the Universe (lp) - Radioactive/MCA Records (1996)
Life Like (lp) - Radio Universe/Universal Records (1999)

shows / tours:
Goo Goo Dolls
Blind Melon
Bad Brains
Black Grape
Juliana Hatfield
Flaming Lips
Henry Rollins
Afghan Whigs
Reading Festival
Pink Pop Festival
Rage Against the Machine

"This is a damned good song. Listen to this f***ing guitar riff. There are parts of this song I wish I wrote. OK, OK this is the only song this week I wish I wrote." (Courtney Love, on "Believe"/NME)
"An album that proves that industrial strength pop can get you to hum along without making you feel like a wuss." (Playboy)
"An ability to craft simple, smart songs and deliver them with passionate verve promises much for a band who may not always be satisfied with the way of the world but who are having as much fun as possible asking all the right questions." (Q magazine)
"With its wall-of-noise, guitar-driven surf punk and a down-to-earth attitude, Dig is one group which has earned its good fortune." (Rip)
"Dig make stunning warped pop, kinda Jane's Addiction meets the Beach Boys, acid droning meets punk funk meets surreal rock." (Melody Maker)
"What separates Dig from the pack is Hackwith's songwriting and the band's three guitar attack. It's as easy to hear classic rock-style riffs as it is layers of distortion." (LA Times)

Dig first came together in 1991 when lead singer/guitarist Scott Hackwith, then a video art director, began working on demo tapes on his four-track at home, mostly as a hobby. "When I wrote those first songs for the (1993 RUNT) EP and the first album, I was layering guitars on my four-track," he says. He created the three-guitar attack out of necessity in order to duplicate the layers he'd recorded. "When we went into rehearsal, we started out with me on guitar, a bass player and a drummer, and there was a lot missing, so I added another guitar player."
Fast forward to the winter of 1994: the California rock quintet tantalized the MTV generation with "Believe," the searing modern-rock hit off the group's self-titled Radioactive/MCA debut album. It was an MTV buzz clip for several months and got enough radio airplay to send the album up the Billboard pop albums chart. Taking their show on the road, the band toured with the Flaming Lips, Rage Against the Machine, Goo Goo Dolls, Bad Brains, Blind Melon, Afghan Whigs and Henry Rollins. They wowed TV audiences with appearances on the "Jon Stewart Show," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and in England played live on the BBC and at the Reading Festival. Hackwith was even called to produce the Ramones' ACID EATERS album.
1996 saw the release of the band's second album, DEFENDERS OF THE UNIVERSE. After DEFENDERS, Hackwith returned to his garage studio and began experimenting with a slimmed-down sound. "I held up in the garage in the San Fernando Valley and went to work," says Hackwith. "I started writing not on the guitar but with some vintage keyboards and a drum machine. I was pulling out a lot of old '80s records like Joy Division, Teardrop Explodes and The The. The stuff I was writing was completely different until the guitar layers were added. I was in bliss."
Fast forward yet again to 1998: Hackwith has a recently-completed record, LIFE LIKE, and a new association with Radiouniverse/Universal Records. "I am really proud of this record and can't wait to play the songs live." The band sports a new line-up (along with Hackwith, Jon Morris is the only other member from the original group). Covered in a blanket of typically-textured Dig guitar noise, LIFE LIKE mixes forays into power-pop ("Live In Sound" and "All Over You"), fetching psychedelia ("The Fuzz" and the instrumental "Bus Stopping"), slow-burn rockers ("Stay On the Grass") and moody masterpieces ("Life Like").
"It wasn't until we were in the actual mixing mode of this record that I could step back from it and really see that it worked. Sylvia Massey [credits include Tool , REM, Luscious Jackson, Skunk Anansie] started mixing, and on my way to the studio I'm thinking, 'Please, God, just let it sound halfway decent.' I went in and I was blown away, it sounded really good. The first song she mixed was [the opening track and first single] 'Live In Sound.' As the rest of the record was mixed, all the pieces fit."
LIFE LIKE is scheduled for January 1999 release.

Update 2001. ok, this isn't from the real bio, but for the sake of completeness, I figured I'd write the last chapter...

Life Like came out and got decent reviews for the most part. The band did some light touring to promote the album in January 1999, but got very little support from the record label or radio airplay. By mid-February, things slowed to a hault. Their new bass player left the band to join Candlebox. The other members eventually jumped ship as well, and by July, only Scott was left. The band was dropped from the label, much to Scott's delight. Glad to finally be out of his contract, he began scoring a film, producing other bands, and writing new songs of his own. The future looks good for fans of the band; in addition to a new album from Scott, a dig CD-Rom may be made available one of these days, with live and rare material.