Chris Cornell On Having "Daymares" Writing Music For "The Promise"; Update On New Soundgarden Album
When Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was first approached by film producer Eric Esrailian about writing music for the upcoming film The Promise, which follows the tale of the WW| Armenian genocide, it was a story he wanted to help tell because his wife's family, who are Greek, were affected by the very same tragedy that left 1.5 million Armenians dead by the hands of the Ottoman Empire.
“Literally, it’s the DNA that goes from my children back to my wife’s grandparents, who were both refugees of that policy,” says Cornell. “It felt like that connection was there.”
Cornell says the first time he became familiar with the Armenian genocide was after watching a documentary made by Serj Tankian of System of a Down. "The first time I really started to learn about what the Armenian genocide was was when Serj was interviewing his grandfather for a documentary [Screamers]. I felt like there’s such a thing as being too close to it and such a thing as being too far away from it. When Eric asked me to do it, I figured there’s a reason and he’s a smart guy and hopefully I can live up to the task."
When asked if he ever suffers nightmares from watching films and documentaries of the genocide, Cornell responds by saying, "It was more like daymares. Especially seeing some of the images and some of the documentary footage. You can’t unsee it."
Cornell also gave a brief update on the status of the highly-anticipated Soundgarden album. "We’re about halfway through writing the new album. We’re not on a schedule. What I look forward to the most -- because I tour so much, especially the last couple of years, by myself -- is the camaraderie. It’s what we missed when we weren’t a band. When I do solo tours, I’m really kind of alone all the time, so that’s the best thing about it."