TREES FALL

The Seattle rockers finally call it a day after a one-off hometown show...

TREES FALL
The Screaming Trees have finally announced they've split, with Mark Lanegan embarking on a solo career.

According to reports on the US website www.launch.com, Lanegan hinted at the weekend that the band had split some months ago, but reformed for a one-off gig last Sunday (June 25) in their hometown of Seattle. He said: "This is the last show we're ever playing, we've only played five shows in the last three years. We're not really a band. A couple of the guys have families, a couple of the guys are doing other things."

However, band manager Brian Klein played down Lanegan's comments, citing a lack of financial support for the band's inactivity. He said: "It doesn't look like it's an active band at the moment, but you never know. It's going to take a certain amount of time and money to put together a great record...we just didn't have the resources."

It is expected that Lanegan will continue work on his fifth solo album, the follow-up to last year's 'I'll Take Care Of You', with musicians from the Seattle area.

It is unclear what will become of the other Screaming Trees members, although Barrett Martin is the drummer in REM guitarist Peter Buck's side project, Tuatara, and performed on REM's last album 'Up', released in 1998.

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