|Even though his original band, the Screaming Trees, may be the slowest-growing greenery in the rock forest, lead singer Mark Lanegan isn't letting that band's sluggish pace keep him from seeing some long overdue material to fruition.
While it's still in the early stages, Lanegan is working on an as- yet- untitled project with former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Paul Solger, who's played with Lanegan for some time. (Together,
Solger and McKagan also comprise Seattle post- punk stalwarts/ Sub Pop recording artists 10 Minute Warning, whose debut arrives May 5.)
Lanegan began writing with McKagan and Solger as a lark, but the trio was so enthusiastic about their material they've already completed 15 songs and are contemplating an album as a band. "It's a totally new
entity," says McKagan, "and it's really bad-ass, with a stylistic range from funk to Burt Bacharach. And Mark loves Burt Bacharach."