Seattle-based Soundgarden have been around for almost three decades although, depending on what memory you ask the early initiators of grunge rock to recall, it might seem like 125 years ago or 10 years ago. After a 14 year hiatus, Soundgarden has almost been reborn, although according to an interview this morning, their newest album King Animal serves as a sonic bridge between the sound people know and love and their current musical incarnation of that.
“My name is Chris Cornell, and I’m here to induct my hometown heroes, Heart.” That’s how the Sound Garden frontman started his Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction speech.
From Cornell’s tweets, we can gather the Grohl-directed “By Crooked Steps” video takes place, at least in part, in a biker bar where Sons Of Anarchy-style leather jackets and motorcycle helmets set the tone for this scene.
Soundgarden perform live for CBS’s Live On Letterman series at the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC. Photos by Louis Pulice for CBS Local.
Although it’s been sixteen years since Soundgarden released a new album, their new material is as heavy and creepy as ever. And the band seem extremely enthused about their new music; dedicating 70% of their set to songs from King Animal, due out today (November 13).
Tomorrow, Soundgarden release King Animal, their first album in sixteen years. Tonight (November 12), you can see them perform some of their new songs, alongside some of their classics, from the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater, home of The Late Show With David Letterman.
When Soundgarden said they were coming back, they meant it. The band has lined up a special “Live On Letterman” webcast for next week, as well as announcing a slew of 2013 tour dates, including two-night stands in Chicago, L.A. and Seattle.
Just hours before Soundgarden drops their new new album, the Seattle foursome will take the stage to treat online viewers worldwide to a webcast featuring fan favorites as well as tracks from King Animal.
Soundgarden continues to tease fans with tracks from their upcoming new album, the band’s first in 16 years. This fiery new track sounds like one big mosh-pit just waiting to happen.
Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell: “We’re Back. It’s About Time. And We Still Have Something To Say About Rock”
King Animal is said to have “a lot of layers to it. It’s something that will take time for people to kind of digest,” says frontman Chris Cornell in an interview with Miles the DJ on San Francisco’s Live 105.