In a new interview with Music Radar, guitarist Kim Thayil says Cornell’s demoed vocals are being withheld by unnamed people.
Thayil says Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron’s home recording skills ended up resulting in high-quality demos that could be used for an album at some point.
Unfortunately, despite the band having the demos, they won’t be able to do anything with them for a while.
“Right now, that’s all kind of stalled. We tried to get this going two years ago, but we’re not in possession of any of the demos that Chris was working on with them. We have copies of them, but what we need are the files, so that we’d be able to overdub and finish the record. We are not in possession of those,” says Thayil.
When asked what it would take to get their hands on the files, Thayil seems at a loss for what to do.
“We don’t know. We’ve asked nicely, we’ve suggested that this will benefit all parties, if the band could just have these files, and we could finish the songs we were working on.”
It seems from Thayil’s words that Cornell’s estate has some worries with the reasoning for finishing and releasing the album.
“But there seems to be some confusion amongst various parties as to what that would entail and how that works, and who that would benefit. And it’s been tiring, you know. And we can’t move on until some future date when someone realises the value of allowing the creative partners to have access to the material.”
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