Soundarden are set to enter the studio next week according to Billboard.com:
Drummer Matt Cameron tells Billboard.com that "there's a little bit of evolution going on with some of this new music, but we're not straying too far from the formula. It has all our signature elements - and more. I think people are going to really love it."
The band's recent writing sessions generated 12-14 songs that Cameron says "are kind of ready to go," but he also expects that "once we get into a studio environment, we'll come up with new ideas and rearrange what we have." The existing songs, he says, are "about 90 percent new," but some draw on ideas that date as far back as 1996's Down On The Upside, as well as some riffs he wrote around 2008. "We've tried to update the super-old stuff," he says. "It doesn't sound too old and dusty and crusty to my ears - but maybe to someone else it will. I think guitar-based music is not really as popular as it has been in the past, so it might sound kind of out of date or out of tune with what's going on right now. Or it might be a breath of fresh air to have an unabashedly loud guitar band out there."