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Buzz Factory is the album on which Screaming Trees’ unruly garage rock shifts into the heavier and more focused form of grunge. On the upside, the shift would alter the Trees’ destiny and bring them a bigger audience. On the downside, it'd lump them with a lot of groups with whom they had little in common. While their younger peers Nirvana were turning to the sounds of Black Sabbath for inspiration, the Trees remained firm disciplines of the '60s garage rock tradition. Yet Buzz Factory sharpened the feedback layers and the force of their delivery. Screaming Trees don’t sound like kids anymore—they sound like grownups. Rough grownups. The way Mark Lanegan delivers “Too Far Away” makes you sense he’s been through things the rest of us will never know: “I sit alone, discontent/Your ears don't hear what I say/After awhile, you disconnect/To set you apart from the pain.” There were still trippy Doors-inflected numbers like “Flower Web,” but Buzz Factory is best remembered for its gutsy rock anthems (“End of the Universe,” “Windows,” “Where the Twain Shall Meet") and the lone power ballad “Yard Trip #7,” which brings new meaning to the term "brooding."

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By far, the most underappreciated band from the NW, Screaming Trees deliver the best slab of vinyl from the Pac NW in "Buzz Factory". Nevermind Nirvana, it's all about the Trees.


The music that these guys have produced is second to none. How they never blew up is baffling to me. This band made me start to really appreciate music.


Formed: 1985 in Ellensburg, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Where many of their Seattle-based contemporaries dealt in reconstructed Black Sabbath and Stooges riffs, Screaming Trees fused '60s psychedelia and garage rock with '70s hard rock and '80s punk. Over the course of their career, their more abrasive punk roots eventually gave way to a hard-edged, rootsy psychedelia that drew from rock and folk equally. After releasing several albums on indie labels like SST and Sub Pop, Screaming Trees moved to Epic Records in 1989. Though they were one of the first...
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