Chris Cornell talks to NPR’s All Things Considered about the Soundgarden reunion.

From NPR:

On the genesis of the reunion

“We’d all had different experiences where somebody was trying to buy a Soundgarden T-shirt for their child — for me, it was actually for my son — and there aren’t any. Other circumstances started to pop up where we realized that some bands are defunct but have a rich history, you continually hear about them. That wasn’t happening for us. So that’s what got us in a room. Everything else was possible as soon as we were sitting in a room and talking.”

On what an active Soundgarden means after the grunge era

“I think it’s really triumphant in a lot of ways. We sort of again proved ourselves worthy of being a band and releasing music and making records, separate from anything else: separate from a scene, separate from a genre, separate from anything. To be able to come back, especially after such a long break, and create an album that I believe lives up to the legacy of all of the other albums — I think that’s a special thing. It’s something that doesn’t happen very often.”

Listen to the interview here.