Soundgarden Singer Chris Cornell Describes New Album as ‘a Story’


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Soundgarden frontman says it was difficult to pick a single from ‘King Animal’

Grunge giants Soundgarden released their first studio album in over one and a half decades, “King Animal” earlier this month, and the album’s lead single, “Been Away Too Long,” currently sits inside the Top 5 on the active rock chart. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell says that while he’s happy with the success of “Been Away Too Long,” it was a big challenge to pick and ultimately release a single from the new album.

“It’s difficult, especially for a Soundgarden album, to even have a single pre-release, just because it’s impossible to convey the tone of an entire album with one Soundgarden song,” Cornell said in a video interview with Hauraki. “It’s a chapter … It’s just one chapter … The album is a story. It has a lot of twists and turns.”

Meanwhile, Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron has kept busy the past year with duties in both Soundgarden and laying down rhythms for Pearl Jam. It’s a busy life for Cameron, but Cornell says having the drummer divide his duties between the two bands only makes both groups better.

“It kind of takes the pressure off of Soundgarden and what we do and when and where and how in a sense,” Cornell said. “Kind of like, Soundgarden doesn’t have the burden of everybody’s career being focused on it to be the vehicle of it. So far that’s been a pretty good thing.”



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