Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, and Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron have joined forces to form Third Secret. The new supergroup also includes Bubba Dupree, guitarist and vocalists of trailblazing DC hardcore outfit Void, Jennifer Johnson and Jillian Ray, who also perform with Novoselic’s other band, Giants in the Trees.
Third Secret surprised fans on Monday night by dropping their first self-titled LP, which was primarily recorded and mixed by famed grunge-era producer Jack Andino. The band also recently performed a secret show at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, a photo of which Cameron shared on Instagram.
Novoselic previously hinted at the album’s existence in February. NME, “I’m really busy trying to finish a record. In the midst of a few hangups – looking for a mid-March release,” the Nirvana bassist said in a now-deleted tweet. “But it’s a secret, so don’t tell anyone!”
Thayil also suggested in a video interview last month that he would reunite with his former bandmates in some capacity. “I think the three of us are interested in doing new things,” he said of Cameron and Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd. “We definitely love working together.”
The album’s release, which is currently restricted to online streaming services, was not without its hiccups. “Reports are coming to the third secret hotline that the album is still not on Apple Music,” read an announcement posted on the band’s website shortly after the record fell. “Please be patient as the work was uploaded on Saturday night and needs time to exit the streaming platform.”