Earlier today (Thursday, October 4), Kevin Conklin (web site) of the 93.7 KCLB Rocks! radio station conducted an interview with guitarist Kim Thayil of reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below."Been Away Too Long", the first official single from SOUNDGARDEN's new album, arrived on September 27 at radio stations, iTunes and other digital retailers. According to The Pulse Of Radio, the song leaked briefly on September 26, with some stations and web sites streaming it until the band's label sent out cease-and-desist orders. But it got around enough to fire up fans on Twitter and message boards, with most proclaiming the hard-rocking track a return to form for Seattle's pioneering grunge act.
Banana1015.com called the track "a harder-hitting and true to form return of the most avant-garde group of the 1990s grunge scene," while Consequence Of Sound dubbed it "a fine modern rock track — that is, if you enjoy it coming at you 700 mph and from Mars." The new SOUNDGARDEN album, "King Animal", comes out on November 13. It's the first all-new set of material from the reunited group since 1996's "Down On The Upside". SOUNDGARDEN reunited in 2010 after a 13-year break, releasing a retrospective collection called "Telephantasm" and a concert album titled "Live On I-5". The band's first new song since regrouping, "Live To Rise", was a rock radio hit in June when it was issued as the lead single from the soundtrack of the movie "The Avengers". SOUNDGARDEN has yet to announce tour plans in support of "King Animal".