The Seattle icons blasted back into action with last year’s acclaimed album King Animal. And bassist Ben Shepherd says he had no doubt they’d be able to deliver the goods, despite having split in 1997.
He tells the St Louis Post-Dispatch: “Even when we were in the room together meeting about having meetings, it was already back to the same chemistry. There were no worries about us taking the next step and being able to write new songs.”
Of the album he says: “We wanted it to sound like us. The only pressure we put on ourselves was that we make a record that’s on par with our old stuff. I had the utmost faith in the others that we would bring it all the way. There was no way we were going to put out a crappy record that no one cared about.”
Tour tickets go on sale on Friday, May 24.
Soundgarden UK and Ireland tour:
Sep 13: Manchester O2 Apollo
Sep 14: Birmingham Academy
Sep 16: Dublin O2
Sep 18: London O2 Academy Brixton