Soundgarden are out with the music video to their new single ‘Live To Rise’, off ‘The Avengers’ soundtrack ‘Avengers Assemble: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture’, out now on Marvel Music / Hollywood Records. Watch it via YouTube below.
To celebrate the release of his new album ‘Songbook’, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell did an intimate song-set on Walmart Soundcheck, including performances of ‘As Hope and Promise Fade’, ‘Scar On The Sky’, ‘Can’t Change Me’, ‘Cleaning My Gun’, ‘All Night Thing’.
During an interview, the 47-year-old talked about the story behind the album title, weeding through his live performances to select which ones would make it to the album, having the idea to do an acoustic album for a long time, incorporating a turntable into the acoustic set, and the status of Soundgarden.
“Soundgarden has been writing and recording for a new album starting I guess about 8 months ago,” Cornell said. “We’re kind of in the final stages really. We’re just finishing up a couple of songs, a little bit more to do, and mixing, and narrowing down what we want to release and that’s it. And it’s been great, Soundgarden production with co-producer Adam Kasper that worked with us on our last album. Everybody’s in there all the time and it just feels like in a sense we’re picking up where we left off, with the exception that there’s a feeling of freshness because we’ve had 14 years off or so, but if feels more like 5 for me.”
Soundgarden checked in with fans on their official web site with news that they plan to record a new album this year for the first time since 1996’s ‘Down on the Upside’. Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd write at Soundgarden.com:
Over the past few months, we’ve been busy jamming, writing and hanging out together – exploring the creative aspect of being Soundgarden. It feels great. We have some cool new songs that we are going to record very soon. Thank you for all of the support!
Loudest of Love,
Ben, Chris , Kim and Matt
In an interview with 102.1 The Edge in Toronto, Ontario, Kim Thayil said that Soundgarden have been demoing ideas for new songs. “When we get together to rehearse it’s natural for us… to start jamming and inventing,” Thayil said. “We’ve come up with instrumental, and certainly on occasion, lyrical ideas. I’m not confirming anything, but it’s impossible for us to get in a room and not come up with ideas.” Kim added that the group have been sitting on a live album for years but they’re “just waiting for someone to mix it.” The interview audio at edge.ca has since been removed.
Denise Quan of CNN caught up with Soundgarden recently, talking about the band’s new album ‘Telephantasm’, the Seattle grunge rocker’s first release in more than a decade featuring some of their biggest hits and never released tracks. “We were sort of talking about re-releasing our catalog and updating our whole system of how we communicate with our fans, because the band started pre-internet, pre-cell phone, pre-pre-pre-everything,” drummer Cameron explained. Frontman Chris Cornell added, “A new generation of rock fans are discovering 30-year-old bands via a game like ‘Guitar Hero’. It’s like try to get a larger picture of what we do musically out there to a younger generation.” Read more.
Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil shared his thoughts and memories about the band 12 main tracks on the band’s best of album ‘Telephantasm’. “When we heard Chris’ demo, we said, ‘This could be a very popular song’,” Kim said about ‘Black Hole Sun’. “Once we fleshed it out, we definitely felt very strongly that there was something about that song that was going to have an appeal beyond just the rock musicians that we had appealed to. It seemed like that song might be picking up some housewives and people who listen to rock radio while commuting to and from work … maybe even some junior high school girls.” Check out what Kim had to say about the other 11 songs at rollingstone.com.
Soundgarden spoke with MTV News about the first moments of their reunion, which included a performance of a song called ‘Blind Dogs’, a song they recorded for ‘The Basketball Diaries’ soundtrack that they had never performed live. “There was three minutes of ‘awkward first date,’ and then it was just stories of who threw up on what when,” Chris Cornell said of the initial meeting. “It was great.” Watch the comments below the cut. (more…)
Soundgarden are out with the music video to their new single ‘Black Rain’, off the reunited Seattle grunge rock band’s upcoming ‘Telephantism’ hits compilation, out September 28th via A&M Records. The unreleased track was taken from their ‘Badmotorfinger’ recording sessions. Watch it via Spinner below.
Soundgarden and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock will come together this September in a groundbreaking collaboration that marks the first time a new music album will be simultaneously released and bundled with a video game. All one million North American Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock launch units will contain ‘Telephantasm’, a 12-song career-spanning album, and will be exclusively available with the game for one week, prior to the album’s retail release.
“We’re extremely excited to be collaborating with Soundgarden on this monumental moment in their music career,” said Tim Riley, Vice President of Music Affairs for Guitar Hero. “Guitar Hero continues to break new ground by being the preeminent interactive platform for debuting original content and a stage for the biggest acts in all genres of rock and roll to reach new audiences in an all-new way.”
In Addition, on September 28th A&M/UMe will be releasing three expanded versions of ‘Telephantasm’ which will include a double-disc with 12 additional tracks, five of which are previously unreleased, and Soundgarden’s first-ever DVD, featuring 20 videos, 13 of which have never been released, a Deluxe 3-LP Vinyl Edition and an individually numbered Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition. The Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition will be available for a limited time and will include two CDs, the limited edition DVD, three heavy vinyl discs, a collectible poster, lithos, and much more. These three expanded versions will be available at all music retail outlets and on the band’s website.
Chris Cornell tells RollingStone.com that the meetings he’s been having with his former Soundgarden bandmates have been about releasing a box set that would include b-sides, but not a reunion. “The only thing that we have talked about is trying to put together an album of B sides and maybe a box set with some unreleased tracks we have,” Cornell explained. “This is something we first talked about 10 years ago. We all feel it’s time to do that, and we have a lot of fans out there, and we have a lot of new fans discovering our music, and I think the catalog and the legacy of the band has been ignored by the record label and previous management, so we decided to get together, and start working towards putting something like that out.”
But Cornell did leave the door open to reuniting someday. “I’ve always said nothing is impossible,” the 44-year-old said. “I never wanted to be one of those people who tries to predict the future. I don’t want to know what I will be doing two years, five years from now. I want to be open to anything, but nothing has changed in terms of our attitude toward it.”