Soundgarden‘s long touring cycle behind their last album King Animal is finally coming to a close early next year. For all we know, that seems to be as good a time as any for them to start making some new music again. What we weren’t quite expecting this Monday morning, was a new Soundgarden song, titled Storm, posted to their YouTube channel without much warning at all.
A little bit of digging shows that the song actually comes from a 1985 session that was recently uncovered by producer Jack Endino. The band then re-recorded it, and what you’ll hear down below is its new, polished version, for the first time ever. First, Endino’s comment, as provided to Alternative Nation:
In March of 1986 they were recording some tracks at a local studio. They didn’t like how the mixes were coming out so they called me to come in and try and rescue it. The engineer there resented this, I was kind of a nobody as far as he was concerned, and he pretty much stomped out of the control room and left us there on our own. This was three months before I started at Reciprocal Recording, so all I had was some basement studio experience with SG. We tried to rescue the session but it ended up getting shelved and they got Matt Cameron as a drummer a few months later and the rest was, uh, history. Fast forward to the present, 28 years later, and I found a cassette of that stuff. Every one of those songs got re-recorded later except this one kind of oddball drony psych tune. I reminded Kim about that song and sent him the rough mix, just to jog his memory. A few months ago they asked to me to record it with them, they needed a new song for a movie or TV or something, I’m not sure what it was for, but they thought it would be fun to see what we could do with it now. What was interesting was that Chris and Kim remembered it, but Ben and Matt had never played the song before so they had to learn it from scratch. Chris actually did the final vocals himself at his home studio and sent me the files, and they were all arranged and perfect, I just dropped them into our ProTools session and it was nailed. He’s really, really good at recording himself. I don’t know what’s going to happen with the song, it may just end up as a B-side, but it was pretty cool working with them again, decades after we did Screaming Life.
[UPDATE]: While the cool video for the song was promptly removed from Soundgarden’s official YouTube account, you can check out an audio stream from a Tumblr (via Crave) below, and yet another upload to the band’s YouTube, with audio, but no video.