Chris Cornell Discusses New Soundgarden Album
With the current group of bands putting out or preparing to drop new releases, you’d think it’s the mid-1990s rather than 2012. Garbage recently put out another album, while Smashing Pumpkins and No Doubt are gearing up for new releases later this year. And, you can add Soundgarden to the mix. Quitting before alternative rock slipped down a precipitous slope in the late 1990s (and really never recovered), Soundgarden haven’t released anything since 1996 but are planning for a new album by fall.
In an interview around their comeback performance at last weekend’s the Download Festival, Chris Cornell mentions that the upcoming release picks up where they left off 16 years ago. But, while they recently put out single “Live to Rise” as a preview of sounds to come, Cornell said: “There's a lot of different feels on the album. […] We're a band where every single member contributes music so that makes it very diverse. It's a very rich album with a lot of different moods to it."
Cornell adds to this, calling Soundgarden an “album-oriented band” and stating that “long-form listening” has been replaced over the last decade with one-off songs.
As far as their reunion is concerned, the frontman explains that they came together to “take responsibility for the legacy of the band.” From there, everything, from their recent performance to recording, fell into place. He stated: “Once we were together and hanging out, we thought we should do a surprise show and play five songs. And then they we thought we'd do a real show, and then we should do a tour. Once we were in a room and playing music, it naturally led to writing songs."
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