Soundgarden recently stopped by London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire to showcase tracks from their new album ‘King Animal’. Missed out on the show? Take a look through this gallery to see some shots from the night.
Soundgarden kicked off their set with new single ‘Been Away For Too Long’.
The band’s intimate show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire was held 18 years after they became the first ever band to play at the venue.
We caught up with the band right before they took to the stage. Click here to see a chat with Kim and Matt, and to watch some live footage from the night.
“Our creative chemistry is still there”, they told us, referring to the recording process for ‘King Animal’, the band’s first new album in 15 years.
Haven’t heard ‘King Animal’ yet? Click here to stream the album in its entirety.
The grunge veterans, who split up in 1996, last released an album in that same year and have been working on its follow-up since they reunited in 2010.
Earlier this year, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell told NME that the follow-up to 1996’s ‘Down On The Upside’ would “pick up where they left off”.
Cornell said: “We have an album coming out in the fall. It’s kind of hard to describe, it’s sort of picking up where we left off.”
“There’s a lot of different feels on the album,” Cornell continued. “We’re a band where every single member contributes music so that makes it very diverse. It’s a very rich album with a lot of different moods to it.”
You can read our verdict on ‘King Animal’ right here.
Soundgarden’s set also featured tracks including ‘Eyelid’s Mouth’ and ‘Rusty Cage’.
Their four-song encore included ‘Worse Dreams’, ‘The Day I Tried To Live’, ‘Black Hole Sun’ and ‘Slaves & Bulldozers’.
Ahead of their recent London show, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayhil told NME that it was two years ago exactly that the band decided to return to the studio together.
“It was relatively easy, once we put our mind to it”, drummer Matt Cameron said of the reunion.
“The songs came pretty quick”, he continued. “Chris had a lot of completed songs, the rest of us had bits and pieces that we all fleshed out together.”
“At some point it became pretty evident that we were learning all these new songs,” Kim said, so the band decided to produce a new record. “It was never actually formally stated, it just kind of was assumed.”
“We tried to keep it as laid back and casual as possible,” Matt told us.
You can also watch a video of Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherdtalking us through ‘Worse Dreams’, taken ‘King Animal’.
You can also watch our 66 second interview with Chris Cornell to find out which song he wishes he’d written and what his best non-musical skill is.
Don’t forget that you can stream ‘King Animal’ in full right here.
While the band have wrapped up their UK tour, you can catch them live in the States in the next few months. Click here for their upcoming tour dates.
Soundgarden at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Soundgarden playing at Shepherd’s Bush Empire – a venue where they were the very first band to play 18 years ago.
You can watch all of our video interviews with Soundgarden right here.
Click here to read NME‘s verdict on Soundgarden’s first new album in 15 years.
“‘Been Away For Too Long’ is clattering, rugged and alive, and a lot better than the inelegant Avengers Assemble theme tune ‘Live To Rise’ the Seattle legends released in April this year,” NME said of the band’s new single.
Chris Cornell playing to a sold-out Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Want to listen to ‘King Animal’? Click here to stream it in its entirety.
Soundgarden mark their return at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.