In a new interview with Full Metal Jackie, Kim Thayil revealed that Soundgarden now have demos for ‘a dozen or so’ new song, and they hope to hit the studio in 2017 to record their next album, the followup to 2012’s King Animal.
“We’re planning that out as well. Right now there are some other projects that are taking up band members time. Matt’s got some Pearl Jam touring and projects. Chris and Matt together are working on this Temple of the Dog thing. Over the past year we’ve had a number of songwriting and jam sessions, Soundgarden, getting together to simply exchange ideas and document and record them. So we’ve had some rough demos of a dozen or so songs. We’ll continue to do this as everyone’s schedules open up. Hopefully next year we’ll find ourselves in the studio fleshing out these ideas.”
He also said, “In previous interviews, you’ve pointed out the most exciting thing was having the new material be so fresh and to add to the new material with the individual musical experiences we’ve acquired over the past decade or so. That kept everything with the same songwriting and personnel dynamic, augmented that personal dynamic with these new ideas, new music and new experiences that we’ve acquired over the past decade or so. It’s with any relationship with family or loved ones, boyfriend / girlfriend. Sometimes you grow apart. You grow apart when you’re together, you grow apart when you’re away but after this long period of time we’re still sort of where we’re at with each other and that’s been a very positive thing.”
He also discussed the upcoming Badmotorfinger box set, “There are definitely other catalog projects that I’ve been overseeing over the past year and one of them is the record I referred to, earlier from the SST label which is out of Long Beach. That record, Ultramega OK, we’ve remastered and [it’s being] remixed here in Seattle … and we’re hoping to put that out early next year. We’ve moved the labels, we’re putting that out on Sup Pop. All the paperwork is in order. We have something slated for Black Friday and I think the most exciting thing in the next few months is we’re hoping, we plan to, the street date of November 18th with the 25th anniversary boxed for Badmotorfinger.”
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