Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell: ‘Splitting up has made our new album feel fresh’

Singer reckons that a lengthy break gave the band new inspiration

Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell has claimed that the band have benefitted from splitting up 12 years ago because it’s made their new album feel “fresh”.

Last week (April 5), the band debuted their first new song for over 15 years, titled ‘Live To Rise’, which you can listen to by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Now, with the band currently putting the finishing touches to their sixth studio album, which will be their first effort since 1996’s ‘Down On The Upside’, Cornell told XFM that taking such a lengthy hiatus had given them new inspiration for the new LP.


He said:

If anything it has helped us. Certainly in writing and recording the new album, it feels very fresh. Everyone is included and an equal part of it musically and it feels very natural and expressive, and we’re going in new directions we never did before.

The frontman also insisted that Soundgarden’s reformation wouldn’t taint their previous work. “‘[It’s] adding to what I believe is an important legacy, as opposed to when a band gets together and if they make new music it doesn’t add to anything, it just sort of subtracts,” he said. “It’s, in a sense, borrowing from a great legacy to go out and make money and have something to do. This is not that.”

Soundgarden will come to the UK this summer to headline Hard Rock Calling festival in London. Soundgarden, who will also perform at this summer’s Download Festival, join Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon in headlining the event.

‘Live To Rise’, meanwhile, is taken from the soundtrack for the new Hollywood blockbuster The Avengers, which also features Kasabian, Rise Against, Bush, Black Veil Brides, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch and Evanescence. The film will be released in the UK under the title of Marvel Avengers Assemble on April 26, while it will be released in the US simply as The Avengers.

You can watch the trailer for the film, which stars Samuel L Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans, by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.