Screaming Trees was an American rock band formed in Ellensburg, Washington, in 1984 by vocalist Mark Lanegan, guitarist Gary Lee Conner, bassist Van Conner, and drummer Mark Pickerel. Pickerel was replaced by Barrett Martin in 1991. Screaming Trees became known as one of the pioneers of grunge along with Melvins, Mudhoney, U-Men, Skin Yard, Soundgarden, Green River, Malfunkshun, among others. Although widely associated with grunge, the band’s sound incorporated hard rock and psychedelic elements.After releasing a string of EPs and albums in the 1980s on independent labels, Screaming Trees signed with Epic Records in 1990. They released their major label debut album in 1991, Uncle Anesthesia, which spawned their first charting single “Bed of Roses”. After Martin replaced Pickerel on drums, Screaming Trees released their most successful album in 1992, Sweet Oblivion. “Dollar Bill” became a minor radio hit, but the lead single “Nearly Lost You” had vastly increased the band’s popularity as it peaked at No. 5 on the Modern Rock Tracks Chart, No. 12 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart, No. 50 on the UK Singles Chart, and No. 96 on the ARIA Chart. After an extended hiatus and various recording sessions, the band’s follow-up album was eventually released in 1996, entitled Dust. Although the lead single “All I Know” had peaked at the No. 9 position on both the Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, the album did not match its predecessor’s success. After difficulties of recording another album, the band announced their official breakup in 2000. Their aborted album from the late 1990s was later released in 2011 as Last Words: The Final Recordings. Lanegan died aged 57 on February 22, 2022. Van Conner died aged 55 on January 17, 2023.