Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil revealed that the band’s request for sound files they need to finish Soundgarden’s new album demoes they were working on prior to Chris Cornell‘s death have been rejected. Billy Corgan recently reacted to a heartbreaking Chris Cornell email being revealed.
Thayil told Music Radar, “It was demos, but the demo quality was pretty good, because both Chris and Matt had become very interested in their home recording technique, so they might demo a song, and then Ben and I would add our guitars or bass. Maybe Matt might play drums to a riff that Chris had recorded. And that would be recorded by one of our engineers or techs.
He mentioned that techs and engineers can help them in the process of finishing new material.
“So they come and record parts that we overdub on the demos. Right now, that’s all kind of stalled. We tried to get this going two years ago, but we’re not in possession of any of the demos that Chris was working on with them. We have copies of them, but what we need are the files, so that we’d be able to overdub and finish the record. We are not in possession of those.”
Thayil revealed the requests for the unfinished demo files by Soundgarden have been turned down.
“We don’t know. We’ve asked nicely, 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. And it’s been tiring, you know. And we can’t move on until some future date when someone realises the value of allowing the creative partners to have access to the material.”
He described the new material as having a ‘psychedelic element’ along with ‘sad’ and ‘heavy’ songs. He said the songs could change a lot once Soundgarden get to working on them more. Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash recently revealed an emotional Chris Cornell photo.