Soundgarden Hint at New Material, Plan Archival Releases

Soundgarden Hint at New Material, Plan Archival Releases
Soundgarden's recent reunion initially appeared to be all about nostalgia, as the group rolled out a best-of compilation and a reissue. Now, it appears that the grunge pioneers may be working on a new album.

Blabbermouth points out that guitarist Kim Thayil told Toronto's 102.1 The Edge that the band had begun experimenting with new ideas.

"When we get together to rehearse, it's natural for us, being guys who have a rapport, to start jamming and inventing," he said. "We've come up with instrumental, and certainly on occasion, lyrical ideas. I'm not confirming anything, but it's impossible for us to get in a room and not come up with ideas."

While the band currently don't have any formal writing or recording plans, he added, "It's very likely in the future, perhaps sooner than later, we'll get together and de-emphasize the rehearsing part and emphasize the jamming part."

Before setting their sights on a new album, Soundgarden will continue to focus on releasing archival material. "We had a live album in the can just waiting for someone to mix it," the guitarist said. "We wanted to do B-side albums and that might be two or three albums. We'll be doing other shows and working on releasing some albums from deeper in our catalogue."

Hopefully these releases will help bassist Ben Shepard get out of that hole he's been in.