Listen as Sevendust Takes on a Soundgarden Classic

Marking Sevendust's first new recording since 2018

Sevendust made an unexpected, but totally welcome return today with the release of an excellent cover of Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live.”

Soundgarden is such an important band to all of us in Sevendust and this love for them goes all the way back to when we were starting,” singer Lajon Witherspoon said in a statement. “We discussed trying to do one of their songs and our producer Elvis [Baskette] suggested ‘The Day I Tried To Live’.”

The song marks the band’s first new recording since their 2018 album All I See Is War.

“When I first heard it, I thought the lyrics were timeless. The lyrics are about trying to experience new things and change the way you live, and we see examples of that every day with what is happening around the world,” Witherspoon added.

“To have the chance to cover this song and release it is so special to all of us. Thank you, Chris Cornell and Soundgarden.”

“The Day I Tried to Live” comes from Soundgarden’s acclaimed 1994 album Superunknown.

The surviving members of Soundgarden teamed up with Brandi Carlile for a special tribute to the late Chris Cornell as part of Record Store Day 2020.

Carlile and Soundgarden share a long history together having both laid the groundwork for their careers in Seattle and recording at the acclaimed London Bridge Studio. The pair returned to the studio to record new versions of “Black Hole Sun” and “Searching With My Good Eye Closed,” which will both be released as a 12-inch single on September 26.

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