Chris Cornell discussed his infamous Timbaland produced album Scream and Soundgarden’s next record in a new interview with Rolling Stone. Scream received heavy criticism in 2009, including a biting tweet from Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. Reznor tweeted: “”You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly you feel uncomfortable? Heard Chris Cornell’s record? Jesus.” Soundgarden later opened for Nine Inch Nails on a 2014 co-headlining tour.
“I don’t think there was any reference for [Scream] at the time,” says Cornell. “And obviously the world of recorded and released music is a world that required reference 99 times out of 100. I mean, even for me, I could stand on a soap box and say that art shouldn’t require reference and then still make references to you. When I hear a band I’m gonna say something like, ‘It’s a cross between Abba and the band Swans.’ So I get it. The response to the album didn’t surprise me. But I do think there is more context for it now.”
Cornell also discussed Soundgarden’s future, and other ‘irons in the fire.’
“We’re already working on new material for an album,” he says. “And then I’ve got several other irons in the fire and things going that I won’t mention now. There’s a lot of things coming in addition to Higher Truth, as well as a new Soundgarden album.”