More than two years after the death of singer Chris Cornell, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil says it’s quite possible the band might have one more album to offer fans. Speaking to SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation LA Invasion this week, Thayil said the band was working on a new album at the time of Cornell’s death and there are unheard vocals the band could piece together.
“It is entirely possible, because that’s what we were doing… We definitely have another record in us. Stuff that’s written, stuff that’s demoed and recorded — certainly,” Thayil said of a possible follow-up to 2012’s King Animal comeback. All it would need is to take the audio files that are available. I’d tighten up the guitar stuff that’s on there, add other stuff. Ben [Shepherd] does the bass. Matt [Cameron] is able to get the drums he wants. We can get the producers we want to make it sound like a Soundgarden record. And yes, we can totally do that.” Cornell death by suicide came after a Soundgarden concert in Detroit in May 2017.
Thayil said the band just need to get their hands on the files of the new album Soundgarden was working on at the time of Cornell’s death and said he’s pretty confident that it will happen if they can work out the legal end of things. “It would be ridiculous if it didn’t,” he said. “But these are difficult things… partnerships and property.” He did seem to shut the door on the possibility of the band re-forming with a new singer, saying, “I do not see us reconfiguring a tour or anything, as other bands have done in the past, without him.”
At one point, seemingly getting emotional recalling how he and Cornell grew up together as teenagers in Seattle and the band’s potential Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction after this year’s nomination, Thayil explained, “You want to honor the work and legacy of what you did. Is it best to regard it with dignity and let it rest? Do you want to honor it by celebrating the music and work that was done?”
Watch Thayil’s interview below.