Ever since Lollapalooza, it’s been relatively quiet over at the Soundgarden camp. Sure, we have “Black Rain”, the new single off their forthcoming greatest hits package, Telephantism, but we’ve yet to see any tour dates and we’ve only heard snippets of news bites here and there. But this morning, the band returns… with a music video, their first in a decade.
From the mind of Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small, “Black Rain” sees our favorite grungesters (is that even a term?) animated and taking part in what looks like a sci-fi extravaganza. Tanks, lasers, alien spacecraft, interstellar travel, and plenty of spacey sea monsters load up this video that borrows heavily from Heavy Metal, Ghost in the Machine, and basically any anime film released in the past 25 years. Fans might also recall the works of Todd McFarlane, specifically Pearl Jam’s “Do the Evolution” and/or Korn’s “Freak on a Leash” (which may be the best thing the band ever did). Yeah, nothing too out-of-this-world, but it’s good to know there’s a new Soundgarden video to kick around. Still, how could they ever top the face-melting, BBQ’ing pops? Never.
Actually, if there’s anything to get excited about, it’s Spinner‘s little chat with Chris Cornell, who discusses the reunion, concluding: “Here we are, all these years later and we’re in a room and talking about new music and it doesn’t feel like carrying a mountain up a hill. It seems like a completely natural idea and a natural fun thing to do, all the baggage that I think can sometimes come along with that we don’t have it at all.”
From the sounds of it, maybe this is a permanent thing? Cornell could only hope. But, at the end of the day, it’ll all depend on if drummer Matt Cameron can carry the weight of handling two Seattle rock behemoths. With some good fortune, this could be great news for many a rock fan. We’ll keep you updated, of course.
Telephantism hits September 28th, when its bundled inside 1 million copies of Guitar Hero, though its official street date is October 5th.