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Chris Cornell Defends ‘Scream,’ Announces New Soundgarden Album

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.”

Pearl Jam Producer Brendan O’Brien & Chris Cornell Play Every Instrument On ‘Higher Truth’

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell discussed working with Pearl Jam producer Brendan O’Brien during a recent interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 on Apple Music. Zane Lowe mentioned that O’Brien had worked with Cornell’s contemporaries like Pearl Jam, and asked Cornell what it was like to work with him.

“He has a little bit of the throwback to old producer where I think he wants to get it. I don’t think he has the energy to want to just sort of sit and labor over anything, so things move really fast. As long as your on that wavelength, which is we’re going to record a record now, we’re not going to really have the opportunity to sort of sit back and overthink stuff. As long as you’re on that wavelength, it’s great. But for me, someone that is that intense all of the time in the studio works really good, I never have time to overthink it, because I will, I’ll overthink the hell out of stuff. I will sit in a corner and freak out.

And then also, we decided before we started the album, because it was based on the songs obviously, and then the demos of those songs, and then kind of just wanting to bring that to the next level, but not too far. The discussion was, that he and I should just play everything, we shouldn’t have outside players coming in. There shouldn’t be a band that you put together for it.”

Lowe suggested that it was a financial decision on his part.

Cornell sarcastically responded, “No, it was a decision where I had him in a corner playing bass, then organ, and then turning it all up in the mix.”

He said Brendan O’Brien used a hurdy-gurdy for the last song recorded on the album after it had sat there ‘haunting’ the studio during the entire recording session.

Chris Cornell On Soundgarden: ‘There’s No Need To Make The Statement Of Broken Up’

Chris Cornell discussed Soundgarden’s 1997 break up, what he learned from it, and the current status of the band in a new interview with Zane Lowe’s on Beats 1, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

Lowe asked Cornell if it feels like there’s an open door when it comes to Soundgarden, and if they can come back whenever they want, and if they’ve already crossed that bridge.

“Yeah, we’re already doing that. I guess this is where I started with this conversation was the fact that I can do an album like Higher Truth, and these acoustic tours to support it, and the songwriting that is on it. There’s no confusion between that, and what we do in Soundgarden, and how I write with those guys, or by myself for Soundgarden, there’s no confusion between the two. You can be a fan of one and not the other, or the other and not the one, or both, and it’s OK.”

“Mostly good things came out of the hiatus, but I did learn a lesson, which is there is no need to make the statement of broken up.”

He added, “There’s no point in it. The thing about a solo career, and solo album, ongoing solo projects, is that can’t break up.”

Cornell also discussed the ups and downs of Soundgarden’s live show. “There’s an element to Soundgarden that I maybe didn’t even really understand until we had 12 years off and got back together, it was like the first day in a rehearsal room, suddenly I remembered, that there was this sort of swirling chaotic quality that ends up just starting to happen in the room. It reminded me of shows in the past where if there was too much of it, it was bad, and if there wasn’t any of it, that was even worse, really. Because then all of a sudden it is just sort of these clean rock songs, and there’s nothing special. Then live, we sort of push it even further, where I won’t start singing when I’m supposed to, then the rest of the band takes that as a cue to sort of go off and do whatever, and then we all kind of don’t really worry about how it comes back. When you do that in front of people, when you are completely lost in front of an audience, and they see that, and they see you kind of come back, they are sort of part of it.

Chris Cornell Talks Kendall Jenner’s Nipple Ring, Demands Paparazzi Sing Audioslave Song

A new video has surfaced of paparazzi talking with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. One photographer asks Cornell: “What do you think about Kendall Jenner having a nipple ring? Are nipple rings still in bro? I mean seriously, what do you think?” Cornell responded, “I don’t know. Were they ever really?”

Another photographer says, “Chris, I kill ‘Like a Stone’ on karaoke.” Cornell said, “Go now. Go go! Film him. Aim at him. Come on.” Cornell’s encouragement worked, and the photographer started to sing. Cornell responded: “Beautiful.”

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell appeared on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe earlier this week and discussed the state of his career, Soundgarden, and Audioslave. See Alternative Nation’s transcription below.

“Well, it feels great, because I think I finally kind of steered myself in a direction as a solo artist where over the course of several years it has kind of started to have an identity. I think my goal, initially, with Euphoria Morning, which was my first solo record, was it can be anything as long as it isn’t Soundgarden, you know what I mean? Even Audioslave, one of the issues, why I wouldn’t play guitar, was because I felt like if I write a guitar riff, and I’m singing, it’s going to sound a little like Soundgarden, and I don’t want that. So I guess it was about 4 or 5 years ago, I just started doing kind of a one man show acoustic touring thing.”

Cornell also said his Songbook shows captured the feeling of one of his classic songs. “The feel of it kind of went back to the song ‘Seasons’ that I wrote for no real reason, but it ended up being in the film Singles. Because it was on that soundtrack, it got radio airplay, which wasn’t expected, but it got radio airplay, and I had recorded that in my closet.”

Chris Cornell Talks Not Wanting To Sound Like Soundgarden, Recording “Seasons” In A Closet

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell appeared on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe last night and he discussed the state of his career, Soundgarden, and Audioslave. See Alternative Nation’s transcription below.

“Well, it feels great, because I think I finally kind of steered myself in a direction as a solo artist where over the course of several years it has kind of started to have an identity. I think my goal, initially, with Euphoria Morning, which was my first solo record, was it can be anything as long as it isn’t Soundgarden, you know what I mean? Even Audioslave, one of the issues, why I wouldn’t play guitar, was because I felt like if I write a guitar riff, and I’m singing, it’s going to sound a little like Soundgarden, and I don’t want that. So I guess it was about 4 or 5 years ago, I just started doing kind of a one man show acoustic touring thing.”

Cornell also said his Songbook shows captured the feeling of one of his classic songs. “The feel of it kind of went back to the song ‘Seasons’ that I wrote for no real reason, but it ended up being in the film Singles. Because it was on that soundtrack, it got radio airplay, which wasn’t expected, but it got radio airplay, and I had recorded that in my closet.”

Listen To New Chris Cornell Song “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”

Chris Cornell’s new single “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” is now streaming on Apple Music. You can listen by clicking here. The album is the lead single off of Cornell’s upcoming Brendan O’Brien produced album Higher Truth, set for release next month.

The track opens with an eerie acoustic guitar and Cornell singing: ‘Every time I stare into the sun, trying to find a reason to go on.’

He later sings: ‘When you came along the time was right/pull me like an apple red and ripe/wasn’t very long you took a bite and it did me wrong and it serves me right/And I nearly forgot my broken heart/it’s taken me miles away/from the the memory of how we broke apart/here we go round again/every little key unlocks the door/every little secret has a lie.’ He also sings, ‘Every little word upon your lips/makes a little cut where blood pours out/every little drop of blood I kiss/that I won’t miss not for anything.’ There is also a throwback 60’s guitar solo that sounds somewhat reminiscent of The Screaming Trees.

While it is hard to form a full opinion just a couple listens in, instrumentally and arrangement wise this sounds more well put together than most of Scream and Carry On, and should appeal more to Cornell’s core fanbase.

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Grunge Innovator Would “Still Love To” Collaborate With Chris Cornell

Being a major King’s X fan for decades by this point, I’ve been lucky to been able to interview members of the group over the years – including a recent chat with the group’s singer/bassist, Doug Pinnick, for the BraveWords site. During one of our earlier chats, Pinnick mentioned that once upon a time, he and Chris Cornell discussed a possible collaboration, which as of yet, has not come to pass. But Pinnick would still like to see it happen one day. Take a gander at this snippet of the interview:

BraveWords: I remember when I interviewed you a while back, you mentioned that you and Chris Cornell have discussed working on a project together from time to time. Would you still like to work together?

Doug Pinnick: “I’d still love to. I haven’t spoke to Chris in a couple of years. Every now and then, he changes his phone number and doesn’t tell anybody, and give him another year, and he’ll get back to you. So I’ll get a message from him, going, ‘Is this Pinnick?’ I’ll go, ‘Who’s this?’ And he’ll go, ‘Cornell!’ And we’ll start chatting again. You know how those super rock stars are – they have to change their numbers all the time. I don’t have to – I’ve had the same number since 1985!”

BraveWords: I always thought that would be an interesting pairing, because similar to you, Chris Cornell also has a soulful voice – as heard on the Temple of the Dog material.

Doug Pinnick: “Oh yeah – we’re huge fans of each other. We love each other’s voices – we always tell each other that. It would be fun.”

You can read the rest of the interview here (in which Pinnick gives an update regarding if King’s X plans on recording a new studio album), and also catch the band live, as they are currently playing shows in the U.S. (check out a listing of the dates here).

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament once said that “King’s X invented Grunge.”

Jerry Cantrell, Chris Cornell & Duff McKagan Talk Seattle Music and Seahawks With NFL

In anticipation of the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII, NFL.com has interviewed famous Seattle residents to discuss their city’s music scene, food, sports teams, and more. Among the Seattle natives were Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, and Guns N’ Roses/Walking Papers’ Duff McKagan.

Cornell sat down with chef Mario Batali to discuss Seattle’s music sound, food scene, as well as the Seattle Seahawks. Cantrell and McKagan sat down to talk about the do-it-yourself attitude of Seattle and the inspiration that the Seahawks have given McKagan’s life. Watch the videos below or on NFL.com.

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