Screaming Trees to Issue 'Last Words: The Final Recordings'
Published Jun 29, 2011Dust off your flannel, because there are some new Screaming Trees songs coming your way. By the time the Seattle grunge group broke up in 2000, they hadn't actually released an album since 1996's Sweet Oblivion. The Mark Lanegan-led band had, however, been recording throughout the late '90s at Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard's studio. Now, a forthcoming collection is about to unleash these tunes on fans for the very first time. Enter the appropriately titled Last Words: The Final Recordings.
Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin will issue the lost recording session digitally on his Sunyata label August 2, with CD and vinyl versions expected to come sometime in the future. Mixed by producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Mudhoney), the collection also features Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme contributing guitar -- he was the Trees' touring guitarist at the time -- and an appearance from R.E.M. six-stringer Peter Buck. Regrettably, a tracklisting doesn't exist at present.
While these nearly lost unreleased tunes are surfacing, Screaming Trees are long gone – a press release has officially quashed reunion rumours.
"There are no plans for a reunion, as the band members are finally well-adjusted adults who actually get along with each other and have happily moved on with their lives," the statement reads.