Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell told Rolling Stone in a new interview that he has just started putting down some thoughts for the band’s next studio album. Cornell explained, “Literally, in the last couple days, I started coming up with ideas for songs for a new album. I can’t describe the direction it’s taking, though. There’s no album we’ve ever made where I would have been able to describe a direction it was taking while making it . . . (2012 album) King Animal was that way, too.”
Cornell told us that Soundgarden songs can come together in many different ways:
“I think any time we’re together, stuff happens. Like on my iPhone I have a voice memo of Kim (Thayil, guitarist) playing some guitar riff that he was just playing, that I thought, ‘We’ve got to remember that.’ That’s kind of how it works. We’ll all also be sitting sort of alone, coming up with ideas and remembering them, and I think what gets the ball rolling really is we share a couple of those and it goes from zero to 60 really fast.”
- King Animal was released in November 2012 and was the first all-new Soundgarden album in 16 years. The band broke up in 1997 but reunited in 2010.
- At the moment Soundgarden is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Superunknown, its 1994 fourth album that became the band’s most commercially successful outing.
- A deluxe edition of the record will be released on June 3rd, featuring the remastered album as well as B-sides, demos and rehearsals. A “super deluxe edition” will contain five CDs, a hardcover book and photos.
- Soundgarden will perform Superunknown in its entirety at a special show on June 2nd in New York City, following a similar show in Austin, Texas this past March.
- The band may play Superunknown a few more times on its upcoming summer tour with Nine Inch Nails, which kicks off on July 19th in Las Vegas.