‘Live to Rise’, Soundgarden’s first new song in 15 years, is a midtempo track that was written by the band specifically for the soundtrack to Marvel’s The Avengers film.
The group’s last album was released in 1996, although they officially reunited in 2010 and had started touring in the summer of 2011. ‘Live to Rise’ was debuted via Seattle rock station KISW on April 4, 2012. Lyrically, the track has a solar theme like their best known tune, “Black Hole Sun.”
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, frontman Chris Cornell said ‘Live to Rise’ did not come easily. “This song came arduously,” he said. “It’s different, because it has to be a Soundgarden song. It has to resonate with every band member. Writing a song for the Avengers film, it has to be lyrically not specific to the movie or the story, but it has to work with it. It wasn’t so easy. But it turned out absolutely a Soundgarden song.” – Read more at songfacts.com
The band named themselves after a wind-channeling pipe sculpture, “A Sound Garden”, located on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration property next to Magnuson Park, Seattle.