Kim Thayil Says “It Is Entirely Possible” That Soundgarden Could Release A New Album Featuring Chris Cornell

During a recent interview on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation LA Invasion”, Kim Thayil was asked about the possibility of Soundgarden releasing a new album featuring late frontman Chris Cornell. The guitarist responded by saying “it is entirely possible.”

Thayil said the following:

“It is entirely possible, because that’s what we were doing… We definitely have another record in us. Stuff that’s written, stuff that’s demoed and recorded — certainly. All it would need is to take the audio files that are available. I’d tighten up the guitar stuff that’s on there, add other stuff. Ben [Shepherd] does the bass. Matt [Cameron] is able to get the drums he wants. We can get the producers we want to make it sound like a Soundgarden record. And yes, we can totally do that.”

He continued after being asked if there are any obstacles that can stand in the way of a new record:

“There shouldn’t be — there really isn’t — other than the fact that we don’t have those files… And I think that will happen. It would be ridiculous if it didn’t. But these are difficult things — partnerships and property.”

He also added the following when asked if the band would ever more forward with a new singer:

“Reasonably, you’ve got a big part missing. So, I think in terms of the Soundgarden catalog, that’s still gonna be active as best as it can be. In terms of unreleased recordings, live material, I’m still gonna attend to that; that’s my gig. I love that. Let’s make records.

I do not see, given the commitments that other band members have, given our sentiments and love for Chris, I do not see us reconfiguring a tour or anything, as other bands have done in the past, without him.

This is really complicated, but I’ve known Chris since I was a kid, basically — we grew up together, our early 20s. You want to honor the work and legacy you did. Is it best to regard it with dignity and let it rest? Do you want to honor it by celebrating the music and work that he’s done?

This has been difficult for a lot of people in the family and the band, and I think our conclusion was that. I understand people are complicated, and experience and life is a bag of tricks, but… I don’t know. I think we reached a conclusion that we thought was correct. But then again, 20 [or] 30 years ago, we didn’t think the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was anything, but certainly, looking back, it’s an important part of our legacy — the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is — to acknowledge that, and now it’s important.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Soundgarden Hope To Finish Unreleased Songs With Chris Cornell’s Demos

It looks like there is a possibility that fans may get some new music from Soundgarden in the future. During a recent interview with Music Radar, Kim Thayil said the band are hoping to finish the songs they had in the works for their new album by using the late Chri Cornell’s demos.

Thayil said the following when asked about the new material Soundgarden had before Cornell’s death:

“It was demos, but the demo quality was pretty good, because both Chris and Matt had become very interested in their home recording technique, so they might demo a song, and then Ben and I would add our guitars or bass. Maybe Matt might play drums to a riff that Chris had recorded. And that would be recorded by one of our engineers or techs.

This is an interesting thing: our entire backline, our guitar techs and bass techs, are all also record producers and recording engineers, so we love that they want to go on the road with us, and we love the guys in the studio with us, but the only people who do both are Nate Yaccino, Josh Evans and Dave French. Those guys have worked with us in the studio and onstage, and that’s a great family to have, to be involved in all aspects of a band’s career. So that will help us.

So they come and record parts that we overdub on the demos. Right now, that’s all kind of stalled. We tried to get this going two years ago, but we’re not in possession of any of the demos that Chris was working on with them. We have copies of them, but what we need are the files, so that we’d be able to overdub and finish the record. We are not in possession of those.”

He also added the following when asked what it would take for the group to get the files:

“We don’t know. We’ve asked nicely, we’ve suggested that this will benefit all parties, if the band could just have these files, and we could finish the songs we were working on.

But there seems to be some confusion amongst various parties as to what that would entail and how that works, and who that would benefit. And it’s been tiring, you know. And we can’t move on until some future date when someone realizes the value of allowing the creative partners to have access to the material.”

Thayil also talked a bit about the direction of the material:

“Interestingly, there’s a psychedelic element, and there was more of a grooving, I’d say a little bit more, not ballad-y, but more guitar arpeggiations, like what you might hear on ‘Fell On Black Days‘.

And then we had maybe a couple of sad songs, and a couple of heavy songs that in general feel were – where we were at in the writing process – kind of mixed like ‘King Animal‘, but a little bit less of the heavy stuff. But it was still interesting, still quirky stuff.

Once Matt, Ben and myself get a hold of those songs and finish putting down our parts, the songs will very likely become heavier, darker and maybe a bit trippier.”

You can read more from Thayil HERE.

Soundgarden Share “Black Hole Sun” Live Video From “Live From The Artists Den” Release

Soundgarden have shared footage of “Black Hole Sun” from their new live release “Soundgarden: Live From The Artists Den.“ That effort, which features the band’s February 17, 2013 show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA, will be available on July 26.

Soundgarden Share “New Damage” Live Video From “Live From The Artists Den” Release

Soundgarden have share footage of “New Damage” from their new live release “Soundgarden: Live From The Artists Den.“ That effort, which features the band’s February 17, 2013 show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA, will be available on July 26 and it will also be screened in IMAX theaters on July 1. An additional screening will take place at the Showbox in Seattle, WA on June 23.

Soundgarden’s “Down On The Upside” To Receive Limited Edition Vinyl Pressing This Month

Soundgarden will be reissuing “Down On The Upside” on limited edition vinyl. The 2-LP set will be available on June 28 and it will come with one marbled orange colored record and one purple colored record. This will be the latest release in the band’s 35th anniversary reissue series and you can pre-order it HERE.

Soundgarden’s “Live From The Artist’s Den” To Be Screened In IMAX Theaters For One Night Only

Soundgarden have announced that their new live release, “Soundgarden: Live From The Artists Den,“ will be screened in select IMAX theaters on July 1. Tickets will be available at imax.com/soundgarden on June 7. As previously reported, the effort, which features the band’s February 17, 2013 show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA, will receive a home release on July 26 and it will also be screened at the following locations before the IMAX screenings:

06/17 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern (featuring immersive technology)
06/18 New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel (featuring immersive technology)
06/23 Seattle, WA – The Showbox

Soundgarden Share “Blind Dogs” Live Video From “Live From The Artists Den” Release

Soundgarden have share footage of “Blind Dogs” from their new live release “Soundgarden: Live From The Artists Den.“ That effort will be available on July 26 and it will feature the band’s February 17, 2013 show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA. You can find more details for the release, including the dates for three June screenings, HERE.