Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil is sharing an update on the Seattle band’s follow-up album to 2012’s “King Animal.”
The rocker admits band member’s commitments to Pearl Jam and the upcoming Temple Of The Dog reunion have impacted the pace of the project, which is in the demo stage.
"Right now, there are some other projects that are taking up bandmembers' time,” Thayil tells Whiplash with Full Metal Jackie of KLOS Los Angeles (audio below). “Matt's [Cameron] got some Pearl Jam touring and projects. Matt and Chris [Cornell] together, of course, 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.”
Thayil’s update confirms the progress on Soundgarden’s next record is now up to a dozen demos, and follows comments made by Cameron in July that six tunes were taking shape at that time with another writing session scheduled for last month.
“King Animal” marked the reunited Seattle band’s first studio album in 16 years.
The project debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 83,000 copies.
Temple Of The Dog’s lineup of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron – who plays with both bands – are regrouping to perform this fall in support of the 25th anniversary reissue.
The group’s first-ever tour will see the supergroup perform eight concerts in five cities starting in Philadelphia, PA on November 4.
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