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Soundgarden Starts New Album

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Just two weeks ago, Soundgarden updated fans with their plans for 2011, saying their goal was to make a record.

It’s happening.

“We start recording in about a week in Seattle,” Chris Cornell tells SPIN. Cornell also confirms that Adam Kasper, who worked on Soundgarden’s last album, 1996’s “Down on the Upside,” will produce.

The new project has no real timetable, but the band has its priorities in order.

“We don’t have a schedule,” says Cornell. “It’s not like we are going to go into the studio and come out when we’re finished with an album. We’re putting the music first. The process of writing, recording, and being creative together is the most important thing, not meeting a deadline.”

Soundgarden plan to work around Cornell’s solo “Songbook” tour this Spring, as well as some live dates from Soundgarden. “We plan on playing shows for sure — that’s never been in question,” Chris explains. “Then, when we have some time again, we’ll get back into the studio.”

The band is taking its time for a reason.

“The main thing that got in the way of us wanting to be in Soundgarden is that long cycle of write, record, promote, release, tour — then do it all over again,” explains Cornell. “It all fit into a schedule and Soundgarden come completely from indie roots. We were a Do It Yourself band that became part of a bigger picture. But we’re being really carefully now to do this on our own time.”

“We’re doing things at a pace that’s comfortable for everybody,” adds Cornell.
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