The Soundgarden fans were hoping for new Grunge music from the iconic Seattle rock group. The band’s posthumous album was stalled from release in 2019 due to potential misunderstandings between the group members and some people involved in the recordings of the Seattle lineup’s last songs, including a lawsuit with Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell.
Between 2016 and 2017, Soundgarden recorded around seven demos of new songs. As Rockol reported, the remaining members of the group – Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron – have been wanting to get hold of them to finish and publish them for two years, but some people involved in the recordings seem to have vetoed their use.
During the episode 66 of the Antiquiet podcast, it was confirmed that the lawsuit between Vicky Cornell and the remaining band members over the use of unreleased vocal tracks recorded by Chris Cornell before his death has finally been resolved. This indicates that the fans will finally be able to listen to the songs which didn’t see the light.
During the same episode, the email that Vicky Cornell had sent was also revealed as transcribed by Desperate Times:
“Vicky Cornell alleged that Chris recorded the tracks in his home studio which is in Florida and she claimed that there was no explicit agreements were made that these were for Soundgarden. That made Vicky the exclusive owner at that point. She further alleged that the songs as long as she was involved in the production marketing aspect and so on that those songs could potentially be a part of a Soundgarden album. But, you know, only a certain conditions were met. The band themselves were like, her demands were not exactly what they were willing to work with and so they wanted to negotiate an arrangement but they couldn’t do that out of court. And these recordings for the record were referred to by Vicky as the ‘SG Files.’ She was writing in an email that she stated that her husband was travelling for a new “SG Record” you know, and the band alleged that these files were not recorded in Cornell’s home studio. They were recorded in Seattle and New York while the band was touring. The band had apparently developed the songs far enough that they had full song titles along with writing credits and the credits alleged that each band member co wrote at least one song with Cornell.”