Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has revealed to Rolling Stone the band's plans to release its seventh studio album.
Soundgarden will release its seventh studio album soon.
This was what lead vocalist Chris Cornell told Rolling Stone's Andy Greene on Aug. 24:
"We're already working on new material for an album. And then I've got several 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."
Cornell didn't talk much about the new Soundgarden album. He did discuss his solo LP, "Higher Truth."
He finished several acoustic shows earlier this year. He called them "The Songbook Tour." He sang Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave songs, per RollingStone.com.
Cornell wanted "Higher Truth" to be a reflection of this tour. He told Greene he wants it to be a contemporary version of everything he has sung:
"The tour felt like a really special thing for me. For the first time as a solo artist, I felt like I had my own specific identity. It allowed me to draw a line through my whole career and make sense of it as one body of work.
"I wanted to make an album of original material that serves this 'Songbook' touring thing and make it a living thing as opposed to a nostalgic one that looks into the past."
Greene stresses several songs on "Higher Truth" have a tinge of sadness in them. Cornell tells him this comes as no surprise:
"That's not unusual for me. Often times, especially in the context of an acoustic song, I'm motivated to write by some amount of melancholy. I listened to a lot of other acoustic albums going into this.
"There's a lot of chipper, uptempo nature to a lot of records, like with Jack Johnson, where it sounds great and there's an intimacy to it. But I don't have that in me."
Cornell collaborated with producer Brendan O'Brien for this project. They worked together on "Superunknown" and "Revelations." The duo played most of the instruments in the featured songs, per RollingStone.com.
Cornell told Greene he likes O'Brien's work ethic:
"I wanted the album to be intimate and small so I didn't want to hire a band. I also know how Brendan works. He's very focused and very quick and he always makes the right choices.
"Some of it was a leap of faith for me, but everything I wanted to get out of our relationship I got and none of the fears I had come to fruition at all. I feel like I got pretty lucky.
"Most of the songs with drums are either loops that I made electronically or that Brendan basically recorded just playing a little drum kit he had.
"We just made loops, layered things and played some percussion stuff."
"Higher Truth" will be out in the market on Sept. 18. His solo tour starts on Sept. 17 in Phoenix, AZ., per Greene.
His acoustic solo tour continues in Los Angeles on Sept. 20. The tour will conclude in Austin, Tx. on Nov. 2, per RollingStone.com.
One dollar of every ticket sold will go to the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation. This foundation aims to protect children from issues such as "homelessness, povery, abuse or neglect," per ChrisCornell.com.
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