Soundgarden, QOTSA Members Announce New Supergroup Project

"The grunge Beatles" hoping to release fresh music this year, details inside.

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Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd, Burning Brides frontman Dimitri Coats and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes (Eleven, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures) have confirmed joining forces for an exciting new supergroup project.

As Billboard reports, the yet-unnamed band is hoping to have some fresh music ready for release sometime during this year.

"I think we've laid down the foundation for, like, ten songs," Coats told Billboard. "I'm going to be singing. Alain's definitely singing a bit. We might invite a couple of guests at some point."

As Dimitri further explained, the group came together earlier this year in Seattle after a Facebook chat with Cameron. "I was like, 'Dude! I'm a huge fan!'" he said. "I told him, 'I consider myself to be a really excellent air drummer, and I have trouble air-drumming to some of your fills.' And he was like, 'Wow, that means a lot coming from you 'cause I'm a huge fan of yours.' We became instant friends."

Matt then reached the matter of an old project dating back to 2008. As expected, Coats was instantly hooked. "They invited me to Seattle and it was really incredible," Dimitri commented. "There was just an instant chemistry and a really creative and open situation where everybody's passing around the guitar and throwing in ideas. I sort of felt like I was in the grunge Beatles."

Describing the overall vibe of the group's material, Dimitri added, "It's a little bit like 'Superunknown,' that kind of era of Soundgarden, mixed with Alain's kind of Stevie Wonder vibe."

According to the same source, the guys did some recording back in April and May, but the band had to be put on hold until everyone's done touring in their main bands. Stay tuned for more info.

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    Fuck,hope this is good. Alain Johannes will provide some juicy and inspiring guitar work,I`m sure of that.
    This sounds cool! Johannes is amazing - those last two Eleven albums are must-haves. Can't wait to hear what he sounds like with THAT rhythm section.
    when i read this, i thought josh was gonna be apart of this.. well.. i guess its close enough..
    As much as I love Josh, it's refreshing to see him not be a part of this.
    Could always appear as a guest, as could Cornell, Thayil, Van Leeuwen.....