Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil gave an interview to Stereogum, and they asked him how things are going with the new disc, and how far along they are.
“We’re recording,” says Thayil. “We’re kind of doing it in stages. We have about 14 songs in various stages of completion. Previously, we’d just block out a bunch of time and go and track everything at once, but we can’t really do that right now. Matt has commitments to Pearl Jam, Chris has a solo tour happening and Soundgarden is touring in July. So we do the studio thing around those other engagements, which actually is turning out to be a lot better for us.
“It takes the pressure off in some ways,” Thayil added. “It’s not like, ‘OK you’ve got three weeks and everything needs to get done in those three weeks.’ We can work at our own pace right now and take things one step at a time. We’re really enjoying it. We don’t have a record company or management pressuring us to hurry up, so we can really savor the process this time.”
And what of the songs? How will they sound?
“The vibe of the songs is definitely very heavy. We’ve always tried to explore how to make this really heavy, aggressive music without sounding like a bunch of knuckle-dragging meatheads. I think these songs are kind of exploring that idea. Ways of emoting aggression and anger and hostility in ways that feel new. You know, we never were really chipper guys. We were never the party band, or even a particularly social band. The new songs sound really heavy. I’ll just say that.”