According to The Pulse Of Radio, SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell told hometown radio station KISW in Seattle that fans should not think of the band’s newly released song, “Live To Rise”, as an indication of what the rest of the group’s new record will sound like. The track appears on an album of songs “inspired by” the upcoming movie “The Avengers”. Cornell explained, “Some of the songs on our new album are pretty far left of center, and sort of zero in on more of a hardcore SOUNDGARDEN fan and not necessarily a family that goes to see a film like that. Although [‘Live To Rise’is] not really what I think of as a necessarily family-friendly song, but it’s as close as we’ve ever come.”
The singer added that the tune wasn’t specifically based on the movie, saying, “I think a film like this appeals to little kids all the way to old people because it’s an action film, it’s comic book characters, but it’s also pretty witty dialog and accomplished actors doing it. So it had to be somewhat open to all of that. But also first and foremost it has to be a SOUNDGARDEN song.”
The collection of music, called “Avengers Assemble”, arrives on May 1, while the Marvel superhero team-up movie opens on May 4.
SOUNDGARDEN‘s new album, its first set of fresh material since 1996, is due out this fall.
“Avengers Assemble” track listing:
01. Live To Rise – SOUNDGARDEN
02. I’m Alive – SHINEDOWN
03. Dirt And Roses – RISE AGAINST
04. Even If I Could – PAPA ROACH
05. Unbroken – BLACK VEIL BRIDES
06. Breath – SCOTT WEILAND
07. Comeback – REDLIGHT KING
08. Into The Blue – BUSH
09. A New Way To Bleed (Photek Remix)” – EVANESCENCE
10. Count Me Out – PUSHERJONES
11. Shoot To Thrill – THEORY OF A DEADMAN
12. Wherever I Go – BUCKCHERRY
13. From Out Of Nowhere – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
14. Shake The Ground – CHERRI BOMB
Additional track on the international release:
15. Pistols At Dawn – KASABIAN
When asked how he would compare SOUNDGARDEN‘s new material to the group’s previous efforts, Cornell told Australia’s rock station Triple M, “It sounds like SOUNDGARDEN, but I wouldn’t say it’s similar. I think there are parts of it that are gonna remind anybody of us, but we’ve always kind of progressed from album to album. So it’s definitely not a throwback. It’s not us getting back to our roots — it’s not that — it’s just kind of a natural progression, I think.”
SOUNDGARDEN released a CD/DVD retrospective set in September 2010 called “Telephantasm”, featuring singles, album cuts, live material and the previously unavailable “Black Rain”, which has been nominated for a Grammy Award.
SOUNDGARDEN‘s first-ever official concert album, titled “Live On I5”, sold 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 47 on The Billboard 200 chart. The set is compiled of live tracks from a 1996 West Coast tour by the band and is named after the Interstate 5. SOUNDGARDEN had intended to release the tapes of these shows as its first live album shortly after the tour, but the group ended up disbanding and the tapes were left in the studio, untouched for years.