Soundgarden was a HUGE influence on my guitar playing, especially when I was actively gigging back in the ’90s. One of the best songs my band ever wrote was basically me trying to write a Soundgarden tune.

I tend to forget that a huge part of that guitar sound is Cornell, both as primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist. It’s his modal riffage, more than Thayil’s spiraling leads, that “are” Soundgarden, to me.