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Soundgarden Was Working On New Material, Potential Release Still Unknown

Save for a quick post by drummer Matt Cameron, the members of Soundgarden have been mum since frontman Chris Cornell's death last week in Detroit.

But the group was at work on a new album, its follow-up to 2012's King Animal, though no release date or other details have been determined prior to last week's tragedy, guitarist Kim Thayil gave us an update in April on Soundgarden's progress with the new material:

"It has been a couple years of intermittent songwriting sessions...There's some things that have been documented in rehearsal, there's some things that are at the demo stage, there's some that are still in the developmental stage, ideas we have jammed on that we're working out arrangements for. There's every different stage within the process of songwriter is being addressed at this point."


Thayil added that the group members' other commitments -- particularly Cornell's solo touring and Cameron's commitments to Pearl Jam -- made it tricky to bring Soundgarden together to work on the album:

"We kind of look for opportunities where all four of us are available and then we get together and we show each other what we've been working on, what we've been writing on our own and see if there's anything that can be contributed through that sharing process. And then we, like, jam and see if any ideas come out collaboratively that we can work on."


Since King Animal, Soundgarden has most recently been releasing archival projects, including expanded  reissues of Badmotorfinger, Superunknown and Ultramega OK and the rarities set Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path.


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.