“Screaming Trees bassist and songwriter Van Conner passed away last night after a long illness at the age of 55,” Lee wrote. “It was the pneumonia he finally got. He was one of my best friends ever and I loved him so much. I will miss him forever.”
Conner formed the Screaming Trees in 1984 in Washington with his brother, drummer Mark Pickerel, and Mark LaneganWHO died in February. The group was part of the first wave of Pacific Northwest rock bands that preceded the grunge movement, which included Nirvana, Soundgarden, and so on. After their debut album, Clairvoyancein 1986, Screaming Trees released a follow-up, Even If and Especially When, via SST Records. This led to a series of albums with the label, including Buzz Factory and Invisible Lantern. They achieved a breakthrough in 1992 with the song “You’re Almost Gone,” which was featured on the soundtrack of the 1992 movie Singles. The band’s music helped define the American indie scene in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Screaming Trees released seven studio albums before disbanding in 2000. In recent years, Conner performed in the band Valis with another brother, Patrick Conner, and played as a session musician. . In 2011, the band released music recorded in the late ’90s for a final album, released as Last Words: The Last Recordings. Conner released a solo album, Will be back againin 2019.