Soundgarden’s guitarist Kim Thayil in a recent interview has hinted at the possibility of a new album by his band. The album would feature some of the final recordings Chris Cornell was working on before his death.
Thayil said, “It is entirely possible, because we were working on new music, and we definitely had another record in us.” Thayil went on to say that there is music already written, demoed and recorded. “All it would need is to take the audio files that are available, tighten up the guitar stuff that’s on there, add some other stuff like Ben [Shepherd] on the bass and let Matt [Cameron] get the drums he wants.” He added, “We can get the producers we want to make it sound like a Soundgarden record, so yes, we can totally do that.”
Thayil only saw one stumbling block in front of the band: “We just have to get those audio files, and I think that will happen. It would be ridiculous if it didn’t. But these are difficult things — partnerships and property.” In an interview with Music Radar, Thayil was asked about obtaining the audio files. He replied, “We don’t know. 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.”
Soundgarden was working on a new studio album — the follow-up to 2012’s ‘King Animal’ — when Cornell committed suicide after a concert in Detroit in May 2017.
New recordings aside, Thayil spoke optimistically about the band’s recordings and legacy: “Reasonably, you’ve got a big part missing. So, I think in terms of the band’s 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.”
A tour, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to be part of any vision. Thayil explained, “Given the commitments that other bandmembers 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.”
Soundgarden is among the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2020. Thayil spoke on this as well: “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.”