Soundgarden have spoken out about the chemistry of the band during their comeback, whilst slamming their critics, Billy Corgan and undemocratic bands made up of ‘yes men’.
Kim Thayil: “We weren’t the only band to reunite in the last 5 or 6 years.”
Kim Thayil: “Some haven’t made records, they just go out on tour and make a bunch of money touring and they’re not really creative together, they’re just playing hits or whatever.”
Kim Thayil: “It’s not possible for us to do a bad record. Here’s how it’s possible to do a bad record. You’ve got one jackass who runs the whole thing, and a bunch of guys they hire around him.”
Matt Cameron: “Who you talking about?”
Ben Shepherd: “You mean the yes men?”
Kim Thayil: “Now you can make a bad record because your stupid ideas aren’t being bounced around, going to the fucking ether.”
Ben Shepherd: “Some are like a yes men thing, we’re like a no men thing.”
Kim Thayil: “If you’ve got a band where one guy calls the shots, that’s a band that’s going to suck. Because the guy might have bad thoughts in his head. Well I just came out of sobriety and I’ve got this idea for a rock record, I just married my third wife and I have this new idea for a rock record.”
The interviewer then specifically asked about Billy Corgan criticizing the reunion, since it was clear that they were referring to him.
Matt Cameron: “I think Kim has addressed that point.”
Ben Shepherd: “How we deal with it is we just control ourselves so we just focus on what we’re going to how and what we’re going to be and that’s all you can really control in life, not what some dickhead says about you, so you just don’t worry about it.”
Kim also said that he was talking about many bands with one leader leading their band.