Yeah I know, it’s a really obvious post title but my brain’s a little melty today and I just couldn’t think of anything smarter than unintelligently playing around with my subject matter.
One of the nicest surprises about recent film The Avengers was the audio appearance of Soundgarden with a new song that’s their first in waaaaaay too long. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the sounds of super group Audioslave, and yet for me something was missing from the chemistry and personally they didn’t set my world on fire.
Soundgarden officially parted ways on April the 9th 1997 (but still managed to push through a greatest hits compilation album called A-Sides in November of that same year), with the members drifting off to pursue their own interests and projects (most notably lead singer Chris Cornell in 2001 taking on another vocal spot, joining members of recently disbanded Rage Against The Machine to form Audioslave).
In January 2010 Cornell revealed that Soundgarden were getting back together, posting on Twitter, “The 12-year break is over and school is back in session. Sign up now. Knights of the Soundtable ride again!” and although they spent the next few months building a fan frenzy with live performances and numerous re-releases of past classics, in September 2010 they released an album entitled Telephantasm: A Retrospective, which was basically another compilation album of past hits along with one previously unreleased song, but still no new work.
In February 2011 the band shared the news that they had started recording songs for a new album, consisting of mainly new songs and some reworkings of past ideas. The album was hinted at being released in 2011, although that sadly failed to materialise. I never object to a bands spending a little longer than planned on an album as I’d rather they be happy with the end result (although let us not speak of Metallica’s St Anger or Guns N’ Roses Chinese Democracy).
Finally, they told fans that a brand new song called Live To Rise from their upcoming unnamed album would feature on The Avengers soundtrack called Avengers Assemble, although they have not yet revealed a release date for the album itself. They have (unsurprisingly) revealed plans to release yet another compilation of old work, with a box set called Classic Album Selection getting an European release.
To be honest, I don’t care what they do or what they release (and re-release over and over) as I absolutely love Soundgarden and have no problem with them returning to past ideas or songs and improving them where they see fit. After hearing Live to Rise both in The Avengers film and on download (legal and paid), I can’t wait to get my hands on their new album whenever they get around to perfecting it, no matter how many releases they squeeze in between then and now.