Matt Cameron’s Pearl Jam drumkit has a big MC on the kick drum; if his Soundgarden kit had the same, then the band wouldn’t need to change it for this summer’s stand-in/sit-in whilst Cameron is tours with his other squeeze PJ. Soundgarden have also doubled their quota of Pearl Jam drummers with first name Matt and initials MC (4, 11).
If the above reads like a particularly verbose and mildly silly clue for some sort of Seattle music crossword: it’s been announced that Matt Chamberlain will tour with Soundgarden this summer, dates that include supporting Black Sabbath at Hyde Park on (appropriately enough) 4 July. The stage is likely to be embedded somewhere in Hyde Park Corner tube station by the end of the night. Chamberlain may also drum for the band’s co-headline tour with Nine Inch Nails back in the States in July and August: The Downward Spiral came out on 8 March 1994, the same day as Superunknown.
To complete the grunge connections, not only did Chamberlain briefly play with Pearl Jam all those yesterdays ago (he drummed on the classic ‘Alive’ video), but he also recently recorded drum tracks for Ben Shepherd’s recent solo album, In Deep Owl.
This spring, Soundgarden celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of Superunknown, arguably their finest album, by playing it through at SXSW – here’s a glowing review from Antiquiet. There are also the obligatory 20th anniversary deluxe and superdeluxe boxset shenanigans, with all the multitudinous outtakes, demos, photos, beermats, toenail clippings, rusty cages, kickstands etc. Plus a tie-in with Record Store Day on 19 April. But no ‘She Likes Surprises’, as that was on the European release. News of the release even made it on to the BBC website.
Here’s Soundgarden’s take on ‘Come Together’, further proof of their ability to make their take on a song sound (a) unmistakably them, and (b) heavier than a particularly heavy thing on a heavy day being discussed by stereotypical hippies as part of wider (and heavier) comments on the heaviness of life in general (I’ve never been good at metaphors, someone please help me out with this one).