Guitarist Kim Thayil of reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN tells The Sydney Morning Herald that the band plans to make a new album in the next few months for a 2016 release.
"No studio has been chosen and no songs are written yet," says Thayil. "When we finish these shows in Australia [as part of the Soundwave festival], we'll spend a month or more working on it. It's definitely going to happen."
He continued: "We worked with producer Adam Kasper on our last album and I wouldn't be surprised if we hook up with him again."
SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell told The Pulse Of Radio that the band will take the same approach to its seventh album as it did with 2012's "King Animal". "We're definitely gonna start writing new songs and I think we've all agreed on several occasions that we want to keep doing it," he said. "And I think it will be very similar to 'King Animal' in that there's no clock on it. And I also see us going out into some new SOUNDGARDEN frontier musically and see what it is, and hopefully we'll be here in a year talking about what that is."
"King Animal" was the band's first album in 16 years and followed a lengthy hiatus that lasted from 1997 to 2010.
Cornell added about making the new record, "We've made a lot of albums, how do you make the next one, and what is your reason for making it? You've got to do something else. We've always got to reach. But having said that, we always naturally do that anyways."
A new SOUNDGARDEN song, "Storm", was recorded in May 2014 with producer Jack Endino and was released last fall.
Endino previously worked produced SOUNDGARDEN's debut EP, "Screaming Life", back in 1987. He also worked with a number of other Seattle bands over the years, including NIRVANA and MUDHONEY.
The 20th-anniversary reissue of SOUNDGARDEN's breakthrough 1994 album, "Superunknown", sold 5,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 51 on The Billboard 200 chart.