Thursday, May 8, 2014

Soundgarden documentary in the works

A feature-length documentary on Seattle rockers Soundgarden is in the works.

Bad Feeling magazine reports Canadian indie director Reginald Harkema is reuniting for the project with his fellow “Super Duper Alice Cooper” co-directors Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen of Banger Films, the duo responsible for a slew of heavy metal documentaries, including Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey and Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage.

While much of the upcoming Soundgarden film is still in the planning stages, some filming is likely to begin this summer, during the band’s tour behind the re-issue of 1994’s “Superunknown” album, which includes a string of co-headlining dates with Nine Inch Nails.

“It’s a little bit difficult because they’re touring, but Matt Cameron is not touring with them this summer because he’s got Pearl Jam commitments,” says Harkema of Cameron, who handless drumming duties for both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. “There’s some key shows that Matt Cameron is going to be playing, so we’re going to be trying to send cameras out for that. But I think when they’re coming through Toronto, we’ve definitely got it scheduled in to get some interviews in with them.”

The film is set to focus on the entirety of the band’s career, from their early days in the Seattle club scene, through to their breakup in the 90’s, and their return with 2012’s “King Animal” release.

“We’re going to concentrate on [the 90’s] era mostly,” reveals Harkema. “It’ll probably be like 70-75% mid-80’s to the breakup, and then catch up on the reunion and the present day. We’d like to shoot some big special concert, and maybe use that as a structural spine. We’re going to shoot all the interviews so they’re more on-camera,
so you can kind of get the emotion in the faces. There’s a lot of stuff that they went through, and a lot of stuff that they [shrug off], that I think we can dig deep underneath, and get back to how they felt emotionally at the time.”

On June 3, Soundgarden will release a 20th anniversary reissue of “Superunknown” - read more about the reissue and see the full tracklist here.

Soundgarden launch a European tour in Istanbul, Turkey on June 6, and then team up with Nine Inch Nails for a summer tour of North America with dates starting July 19 in Las Vegas.

See also:

Soundgarden and Nine Ninch Nails expand summer tour
VIDEO: Soundgarden perform My Wave on Guitar Center Sessions
Soundgarden stream Superunknown demo from upcoming reissue
VIDEO: Soundgarden – Guitar Center Sessions preview
Search Soundgarden at hennemusic