Wow, this will make some of us feel ancient… and excited enough to leap out of our wheelchairs! It’s been 15 years since brand new music from Soundgarden was released but a track written for the forthcoming Marvel Comics-inspired blockbuster The Avengers – titled “Live to Rise” – has leaked on the interweb. Check it out below.
Apparently, there are two things to know about this song. First, it’s among a handful of tunes "inspired by" the upcoming 3D superhero movie; other artists on the soundtrack include Kasabian, Rise Against, Bush, Evanescence, Buckcherry, Theory of a Dead Man, Papa Roach and Five Finger Death Punch.
Second, according to Soundgarden screamer Chris Cornell, it’s not necessarily indicative of what the band’s forthcoming new studio album will sound like.
Cornell told Seattle radio station KISW: "Some of the songs on our new album are pretty far left-of-center, and sort of zero in on more of a hardcore Soundgarden fan and not necessarily a family that goes to see a film like that. Although [“Live to Rise” is] not really what I think of as a necessarily family-friendly song, but it's as close as we've ever come."
Really? I’d beg to differ… seems pretty flat-out rocking to me.
Anyway, Cornell added that the tune wasn't specifically based on the movie, saying, "I think a film like this appeals to little kids all the way to old people because it's an action film, it's comic book characters, but it's also pretty witty dialog and accomplished actors doing it. So it had to be somewhat open to all of that. But also first and foremost it has to be a Soundgarden song."
Well said, sir. Soundgarden is currently putting the finishing touches to the above-mentioned new studio album, their first new record since 1996's Down on the Upside. Look for it this fall.
Meantime, The Avengers - starring Samuel L Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans – hits screens May 4. Check out the trailer below.