Screaming for the Screaming Trees


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A grunge original: Screaming Trees.

Tylar Clemente and Hannah Wicks

Screaming Trees was an 90s rock band classified under the genres alternative rock, grunge, and neo-psychedelia consisting of vocalist Mark Lanegan, guitarist Gary Lee Conner, bass player Van Conner, and drummer Mark Pickerel. In later years, Pickerel was replaced by Barrett Martin when the band reached their most successful point. The band released seven studio albums.

In a small town in Washington, 100 miles or so from grunge capitol Seattle, the Conner brothers, Mark Lanegan, and Mark Pickerel formed the band in 1985, drawn together by their interest in punk, garage, and classic rock in high school. The band recorded their demo tape Other Worlds in the summer of 1985 with Steve Fisk at Creative Fire recording studio in Ellensburg. The band talked the owner of the studio into releasing it as a cassette on the local indie label, Velvetone Records. In 1986, they released their debut album Clairvoyance, also on the Velvetone label. Their most popular song, “Nearly Lost You,” wasn’t released until 1992 on the album Sweet Oblivion.

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Although Screaming Trees are considered the “Godfathers of Grunge” along with other bands like the Melvins, Mudhoney, and Soundgarden, their sound incorporates hard rock and psychedelic elements. The Screaming Trees rose to fame with the grunge movement of the 1990’s along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains. They were one of the most successful underground bands of the decade.

The group broke up in 2000 due to their inactivity and struggle to follow up their album Dust.

Screaming Trees was a great band and if you love grunge, like us, we suggest you check them out. You won’t be disappointed.