Seattle rockers the Screaming Trees will play their first shows
in more than a year Feb. 34 at the Viper Room in Los Angeles,
according to a representative for the band's management. The two gigs will
be industry showcases designed to give record executives a preview of the
band's new material. The Trees also are compiling a four-song demo to use
in shopping themselves to labels. Singer Mark Lanegan, bassist
Van Conner, guitarist Gary Lee Conner and drummer Barrett
Martin are working with producer Toby Wright (Korn,
Sevendust). Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Josh Homme
also has participated in the sessions, the representative said. The Trees'
most recent album was 1996's Dust.