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Seattle Research Ship Named After Soundgarden

Soundgarden, it seems, has fans everywhere -- even in the environmental science community.

A new research ship has been christened the SoundGuardian in honor of the Seattle group; based out of Puget Sound in Washington state, the ship will monitor water quality and other areas related to the seas around the American and Canadian Northwest and will also be available for environmental emergencies.

Guitarist Kim Thayil and drummer Matt Cameron attended the ship's launch last week, with Thayil saying, "There's a strong sense of pride and honor with the civic mission. These are issues that are obviously of concern, especially if you have kids. There's a strong sense of civic pride in regards to Seattle and the Northwest."

Cameron noted, "We've won Grammys and a few awards through the years, but this is a real special one because it's tied into our city and the culture that we have here. So we're very proud to be part of it. We love the natural resources here and are in tune with keeping our environment safe, and this vessel will certainly help out in this endeavor."

Soundgarden is planning to make a new album to follow-up 2012's King Animal and is currently waiting for frontman Chris Cornell to finish his solo tour, while Cameron is playing dates with Pearl Jam.



Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.