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Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil Talks Fall Break + B-Sides Box Set

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Soundgarden recently detailed how their ’90s split was a result of the band becoming a business and the promotional experience just burning them out. Anxious not to repeat that with their reunion, there will be a definite break in action on their ‘King Animal’ tour cycle this fall.

Guitarist Kim Thayil told Seattle’s KIRO Radio (excerpted by Alternative Nation) that even though the band may disappear for a bit, there will still be plenty of activity amongst the members. “I think [after the European tour] that will be it for awhile,” said Thayil. “I know that Matt [Cameron]’s going to be some touring with Pearl Jam and I think Chris [Cornell] is going to be working on a solo acoustic record and he might be playing some shows during that. And I will be working on compiling the Soundgarden B-sides box, which we have a lot of songs that were released on European and Australian releases, movie soundtracks, various things like that that have yet to be compiled and put into album form.”

Thayil also revealed that the band is revisiting the ‘Screaming Life/Fopp’ album, which consisted of their 1987 debut EP and its follow-up packaged together. The disc has been out of print on Sub Pop and the guitarist says they are working on getting that collection available again. Not mentioned in Thayil’s comments but also on the horizon is the new solo album, ‘In Deep Owl,’ from Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd. Released under the moniker HBS, the effort is due Aug. 27.

After being a heavy presence on the festival circuit in the spring, Soundgarden are taking a good portion of the summer off. The band will resume touring in Europe Sept. 4 in Helsinki, Finland. The two-week trek will conclude Sept. 19 in London.

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