Screaming Trees Vocalist Finishes Up New Album

Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan is finishing up his new as-yet-untitled solo record, which is slated for release July 28.

The album, Lanegan's third solo effort and his first since 1994's "Whiskey For The Holy Ghost," marks a step forward for the singer, whose last major appearance, at a performance during 1997's CMJ music fest, was cut short by technical difficulties and Lanegan's erratic behavior.

Lanegan has been working on the record since the beginning of the year with Paul Soldier, the guitarist for Ten Minute Warning, the band that ex-Guns n' Roses bassist Duff McKagan has returned to (see "Duff McKagan's Ten Minute Warning Wraps Up Recording"), and whose own album is out May 5.

As we previously reported (see "R.E.M. Meets The Screaming Trees"), Trees drummer Barrett Martin has been tapped to play on R.E.M.'s new record. Martin has kept himself busy since

the release of the band's last record -- 1996's "Dust" -- by sitting in with other groups such as Tuatara.

Despite the individual band member's dabbling in outside projects, a spokesperson for the group's label said that the Screaming Trees had not broken up, although they probably wouldn't work together until sometime next year.