SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell tells Billboard.com that the band's new album its first studio set since 1996 is "mostly done. We just need to finish a couple of songs and mix it, so that will be happening probably over the holidays."
As to what it sounds like, Cornell says that, "It's certainly not nostalgic. It's definitely forward. It sounds to me exactly like it should sound like we took a break and we got together and we're making an album. I don't think we've taken any dramatic new approaches to writing or recording, and yet there's definitely changes. We've all had a decade-plus of more experience in writing and recording and took a long break... So it's very refreshing and it feels to me like the next logical step in SOUNDGARDEN, creatively."
Audiences at Cornell's upcoming "Songbook" tour solo shows shouldn't expect to hear previews of any of the new songs, however. "I think it's definitely a SOUNDGARDEN record," Cornell says, "and I wouldn't want to take it out of that context just yet."
SOUNDGARDEN entered Cornell's studio in Los Angeles in March to begin recording the band's first album in 15 years.
Adam Kaspar, who co-produced SOUNDGARDEN's last record, 1996's "Down On The Upside", is working with the group on the new effort as well.
SOUNDGARDEN reunited last year after disbanding in 1997.