Soundgarden guitarist/vocalist Chris Cornell has revealed he intends to release a follow-up to the band’s acclaimed comeback 2012 record ‘King Animal.’
Speaking with Billboad.com, Cornell said that there was no reason why Soundgarden couldn’t progress into the future: “I think the overall attitude about keeping it going and the way we want to treat it to keep it going is really good. There’s nothing stopping us from continuing to make records and continuing to play shows, that’s for sure.”
Furthermore, the Soundgarden frontman revealed that the band already had new material in the works: “…every time we’re in a room we’re coming up with something new,” he said.
Cornell added that the once strained relationship between the band’s members was no longer an issue: “…since we’ve come back together everything has been kind of that way. There hasn’t really been any of the tension, specifically surrounding peripheral stuff.”
He expounded: “I think that’s a simple as us making the conscious decision to not be influenced by anything other than what the four of us want to do and not putting a business version of a timeline on it. Our attitude is that we’re doing this because we love it and because it matters to us and not for any other reason and everything else kind of takes care of itself.”
The band’s new found insight resulted in their first album in sixteen years, ‘King Animal,’ which was released on November 13 last year and debuted at No.5 on the Billboard charts. Cornell said the songs are just as strong as on previous Soundgarden records: “We’re playing them mixed in with songs that were anywhere from 13 to 23 years old and that felt really great. We’ve never been a band that stared out trying to figure out what our specific idea, musically, was and repeat that. We’ve always been reaching, and we’re still doing that, and it was really evident when we started mixing in new songs with the old songs on the contest of a rehearsal and a show.”
Soundgarden is expected to announce more live dates for 2013, but those will be coordinated with drummer Matt Cameron’s continuing responsibilities to Pearl Jam.