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Kim Thayil On Covering Soundgarden With Brandi Carlile For Upcoming 12″: “She Nailed Both Songs”


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Soundgarden‘s surviving members, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron, hit the studio with Brandi Carlile and her backing band late last year to cover some Soundgarden material.

Together they laid down their renditions of “Black Hole Sun” and “Searching With My Good Eye Closed“, both of which will arrive on on a 12” vinyl dubbed “A Rooster Says“. That effort will hit stores on September 26th via this year’s series of ‘Record Store Day‘ drops.

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Speaking recently to Spin about those sessions, Thayil offered:

“It was amazing. She nailed both songs, but “Searching With My Good Eye Closed,” there’s this thing her voice does in the verse… I don’t know how to describe it, but it just evokes tears. It’s really moving and beautiful. It’s strong and vulnerable. It’s fragility and power. It’s a small move but it kind of made the song hers.

I guess I can describe things this way: There are certain performances that I’ve seen or heard that have sent shivers up my spine. Chris [Cornell] certainly did that for me. The first time I saw Eddie Vedder sing with Mookie Blaylock. Jeff Beck doing the Beatles’ ‘A Day In the Life‘ instrumentally.

It’s so moving that your eyes well up and you get that shiver. Brandi’s performance of ‘Searching With My Good Eye Closed‘ did that for me, too. That’s the power of music.”

Some previously released footage of their time in the studio working on the covers can be seen here.

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