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Soundgarden play O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

  • 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.

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  • Soundgarden kicked off their set with new single ‘Been Away For Too Long’.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • "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.

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  • Haven't heard 'King Animal' yet? Click here to stream the album in its entirety.

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  • 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.

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  • 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".

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  • 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."

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  • "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."

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  • You can read our verdict on 'King Animal' right here.

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  • Soundgarden's set also featured tracks including 'Eyelid's Mouth' and 'Rusty Cage'.

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  • Their four-song encore included 'Worse Dreams', 'The Day I Tried To Live', 'Black Hole Sun' and 'Slaves & Bulldozers'.

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  • 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.

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  • "It was relatively easy, once we put our mind to it", drummer Matt Cameron said of the reunion.

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  • "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."

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  • "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."

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  • "We tried to keep it as laid back and casual as possible," Matt told us.

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  • You can also watch a video of Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherdtalking us through 'Worse Dreams', taken 'King Animal'.

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  • 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.

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  • Don't forget that you can stream 'King Animal' in full right here.

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  • 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.

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  • Soundgarden at Shepherd's Bush Empire.

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  • Soundgarden playing at Shepherd's Bush Empire - a venue where they were the very first band to play 18 years ago.

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  • You can watch all of our video interviews with Soundgarden right here.

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  • Click here to read NME's verdict on Soundgarden's first new album in 15 years.

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  • "'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.

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  • Chris Cornell playing to a sold-out Shepherd's Bush Empire.

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  • Want to listen to 'King Animal'? Click here to stream it in its entirety.

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  • Soundgarden mark their return at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire.

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