It has been revealed by Kim Thayil that Soundgarden were working on a new album before frontman Chris Cornell sadly passed away.
Chris Cornell died Wednesday 17th of May 2017 at the age of just 52. Chris’ death was “sudden and unexpected” and it is now being reported as suicide.
Before the devastating news came out on Thursday morning, Soundgarden’s guitarist, Kim Thayil, had been speaking to Billboard, and said that the band had started work on a new album. Their last album was ‘King Animal’, released in 2012.
Kim Thayil said “It’s been a couple years of intermittent song writing sessions,”
He goes on “We 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 from that sharing process. And then we like to jam and see if any ideas come out collaboratively that we can work on.”
“There’s some songs that have been demoed. I think Matt [Cameron, drummer]’s demoed some things completely, stuff he’s recorded on his computer. Chris [Cornell] has demoed a few things. He’s written lyrics for ideas that I’ve written and that Ben [Shepherd, bassist] and Matt have written. 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 that we’ve jammed on that we’re working on arrangements for. Every different stage within the process of song writing is being addressed at this point.”
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan has been speaking about the death of Chris Cornell. The Dillinger Escape Plan was the opening act on Soundgarden’s most recent tour,
Ben Weinman said “I’m getting a bunch of texts saying, ‘Are you OK?’ and I’m like, ‘Me? Fuck me. [Chris’] got three young kids and a wife out there.’ Not to mention a whole band of guys that are enjoying a comeback and writing new music and selling out tons of shows.”
He did also speak about how Chris had been acting on this latest tour “Even though Dillinger Escape Plan did a bunch of dates with Soundgarden, he didn’t really talk to anyone. The rest of the guys would hang out before the show and all of that, but he would fly into the show and go back to the hotel. On the last tour that we were on together, he was sort of very quiet.”