Soundgarden is headed back out on the road this spring while the world waits, somewhat patiently, for a follow-up to the 2012 "comeback" album King Animal.
The Seattle group has certainly been mining its archives of late, with deluxe reissues of albums such as Ultramega OK and Badmotorfinger and the rarities set Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path. But guitarist Kim Thayil assures us that Soundgarden is working on new material, at its own particular pace:
"There are some songs that have been demoed. I think Matt's (Cameron) demoed some things completely he's recorded on his computer. Chris (Cornell) has demoed a few things. He's written lyrics for ideas that I've written and that Ben (Shepherd) and Matt have written. So there's some things that have been documented in rehearsal, there's some things that are still in the developmental stage, ideas we have jammed on that we're working out arrangements for. Every different stage within the process of songwriting is being addressed at this point."
There's no word yet on release plans for a new album, however. The Soundgarden tour begins April 28 in Tampa, Fla., and features mostly festival appearances through May 27. Cornell was recently out on his own solo tour, while Cameron was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week as a member of Pearl Jam.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.