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Screaming Trees Biography

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Birth Place: Ellensburg, Washington, USA
Years Active: 1985–2000
Genres: Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative Rock

Screaming Trees was an American rock band formed in Ellensburg, Washington in 1985 by vocalist Mark Lanegan, guitarist Gary Lee Conner, bass player Van Conner and drummer Mark Pickerel. Pickerel had been replaced by Barrett Martin by the time the band reached its most successful period. Although widely associated with grunge, the band's sound incorporated hard rock and psychedelic elements. Screaming Trees is known as one of the first grunge bands along with the Melvins, U-Men, Skin Yard, Soundgarden, Green River, and Malfunkshun. Screaming Trees rose to fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with bands such as Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Soundgarden and was one of the most successful underground music acts of the 1990s.

In 1985 the band signed to the independent label Velvetone Records and releasing the “Other Worlds” EP. Screaming Trees' debut album, “Clairvoyance,” came out in 1986. The same year Screaming Trees signed with punk label SST Records and released their second full-length album, “Even If and Especially When.”

The band would later release two more albums under SST Records, “Invisible Lantern” and “Buzz Factory,” before signing to Epic Records in 1990. In 1991, Screaming Trees released its first album for a major label, “Uncle Anesthesia.”

“Sweet Oblivion,” released in 1992, brought the band to a new level of commercial success, and Screaming Trees found itself amidst the sudden popularity of the Seattle music scene. In 1996, the band released its seventh studio album, “Dust,” and while successful, the album could not emulate the precedent set by “Sweet Oblivion.”

Screaming Trees disbanded in 2000 due to conflicts among the members regarding the band's creative direction.