Apparently, and despite not having released an LP in over twelve years, Soundgarden still a) rock, b) are heavy, and c) are weird. Confirmation of all three ongoing qualities came from guitarist Kim Thayil, who has been speaking to Rolling Stone about what’s to be the band’s first record since their reformation in 2010.
Attaching a release date of 12 Nov to the untitled long player, Thayil told RS: “It re-establishes that we still rock, we’re still heavy, and we’re still a little weird”.
And that’s about all he said, apart from that the LP will feature new titles ‘Blood On The Valley Floor’ and ‘A Thousand Days Before’, the latter of which he described as having “a little Indian thing and some chicken-pickin’” to it, whatever that means.
“We call it ‘country and eastern’”, he clarified. Oh, now I see. Kind of.
But wait, surely what we should all be asking ourselves is: “Why?” Why the Soundgarden reunion and why the new LP? Why now? Why? Well, Billy Corgan – usually such a champion of rival bands – thinks Chris Cornell and co’s ‘comeback’ may have been motivated by more than just a love of music and band camaraderie.
In a magnanimous mood given that The Smashing Pumpkins’ are one entire LP into their high-concept, 44 song album series ‘Teargarden By Kaleidyscope’, Corgan told Philstar.com earlier this week: “There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money – playing their old albums, and maybe somewhere in the back of their minds they’re thinking there might be a future”.
He continued: “When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great. I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They’re just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands”.