In a recent interview with Stereogum.com Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has said that the bands upcoming album has achieved the heavy, aggressive music style they have always searched for.
“The vibe of the songs is definitely very heavy. We’ve always tried to explore how to make this really heavy, aggressive music without sounding like a bunch of knuckle-dragging meatheads. I think these songs are kind of exploring that idea. Ways of emoting aggression and anger and hostility in ways that feel new. You know, we never were really chipper guys. We were never the party band, or even a particularly social band. We were always really just hard workers and a kind of musician’s band. That’s what we wanted to be that. We wanted to play for an audience that reminded us of ourselves back when we were young, I always liked the idea that our fans were that guy or girl who collected records and wanted to start a band of their own and play good music. I always imagined we were the band that made the party end. Like, ok guys it’s time to leave now, someone just put on Superunknown! I always felt like we made music that was good for driving, good for listening to really loud.” The guitarist told Stereogum.
Soundgarden became one of the most influential and hard-hitting Seattle grunge bands of the `90’s before disbanding over a decade ago in what was said to be hostile circumstances. The fact that they are back together is a huge surprise to many, including Thayil; “I thought it was done, mostly because that was my sentiment about the whole thing. I just wasn’t interested. My interests had just moved on to different things, as I think it had with Chris and Matt and Ben. Still, we were all always gonna be connected in some way, you know? I still exchanged messages with them on occasion, but I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that it was over with.”
You can currently catch Soundgarden touring the U.S. and Canada.