They’ll wind down after their current tour, which ends next week in London – but Cornell thinks they’ll be back in due course.
He tells GMI Rock: “I think the overall attitude about keeping it going, and the way we want to treat it to keep it going, seems to be really good.
“There’s nothing stopping us from continuing to make records and continuing to play shows.We had a great experience doing the album, and since we’ve come back together everything’s been that way.”
Cornell is convinced things have gone so well because they chose to focus on music rather than anything else.
“There hasn’t been any tension, specifically surrounding peripheral stuff,” he reflects. “I think it was us making a conscious decision to not be influenced other than us four wanting to do it – not putting a business timeline on it.”
All four members of the band will remain busy during their downtime: Cornell will launch a solo tour of the US next month, while guitarist Kim Thayill will turn his attention to a Soundgarden box set. Bassist Ben Shepherd released a solo album, In Deep Owl, last month, while drummer Matt Cameron will attend to his Pearl Jam duties as they launch new record Lightning Bolt.
Soundgarden UK/Ireland tour
Sep 13: Manchester O2 Apollo Sep 14: Birmingham Academy Sep 16: Dublin O2 Sep 18: London O2 Academy Brixton