Reprinted without permission from New Musical Express, April 19, 1997


Soundgarden have announced they are splitting up after 12 years together. The Seattle band announced their break-up in a brief statement issued by their record company A&M. It said: "After twelve years, the members of Soundgarden have amicably and mutually decided to disband to pursue other interests. There is no word at this time on any of the members' future plans. Soundgarden would like to thank all their fans for their support throughout the years."

Sources close to the band suggest that singer Chris Cornell will now pursue a solo career. Drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd will continue to work in side project Hater and will release their second LP in the summer.

Shepherd is also reported to be working with Seattle band Devilhead - which features Brian and Kevin Wood, brothers of the Mother Love Bone singer Andrew, who died in 1990 - on their third album. It will be issued on Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard's Loosegroove label later this year.

Guitarist Kim Thayil's plans are unclear although he did recently collaborate with Shawn Smith and Steve Fisk on the second Pigeonhed album.

Soundgarden released five LPs, beginning with Screaming Life in 1987 and ending with last year's Down On The Upside, and sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.