Van Conner, the co-founder and bassist of Screaming Timber, has died, in line with a social media submit from his brother and bandmate, Gary Lee. Conner was 55 years previous.
“Van Conner bassist and music author of Screaming Timber died final evening of an prolonged sickness at 55,” Lee wrote. “It was pneumonia that obtained him ultimately. He was one of many closest pals I ever had and I liked him immensely. I’ll miss him without end and ever and ever.”
Conner shaped Screaming Timber in 1984 in Washington alongside his brother, drummer Mark Pickerel, and Mark Lanegan, who died final February. The group was a part of the early wave of Pacific Northwest rock bands predating the grunge motion, which included Nirvana, Soundgarden, and extra. Following their debut album, Clairvoyance, in 1986, Screaming Timber launched a follow-up, Even If and Particularly When, by SST Data. This led to a sequence of albums with the label, together with Buzz Manufacturing facility and Invisible Lantern. They reached a breakthrough in 1992 with the music “Almost Misplaced You,” which featured on the soundtrack to the 1992 film Singles. The band’s music helped outline the American indie scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Screaming Timber launched seven studio albums earlier than disbanding in 2000. In recent times, Conner carried out within the band Valis with one other brother, Patrick Conner, and performed as a session musician. In 2011, the band put out music recorded within the late ’90s for a closing album, launched as Final Phrases: The Remaining Recordings. Conner launched a solo album, Coming Again Once more, in 2019.