Here is an excerpt from Jesse Shrock’s interview with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell in Beat Magazine.
Speaking with Cornell, it’s practically inevitable that the Soundgarden reunion be our initial focus; not just because of my own burning curiosity, but because our interview was deferred a day so that Chris could complete one of the few remaining recording sessions for the new album. “For this one, I was by myself, doing vocals, and also writing,” Cornell explains. “In terms of material, I think we’re good now. I think we’re done.”
As for how the new material might compare to the band’s genre-defining albums of the 90s, Cornell maintains an air of mystery. “Well you know, what we do always feels new,” he says. “We never repeated ourselves, ever. If anything was too reminiscent of something else we’d done, we wouldn’t bother spending time on it.
“I think I went through a period where I wasn’t singing in the highest range,” he says. “So over the last couple years, since I’ve been writing songs that are in that range again, it’s been a test to see whether it would come back. And I can say that it was just a matter of doing it, for it to return completely. On some of the songs I’m doing now… there’s stuff that is as high-range as anything I’ve ever done.”