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Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden members form 3rd Secret, drop surprise album

The 11-track self-titled album is available to stream now

By Will Richards

3rd Secret
3rd Secret. Credit: Mike Hipple.

Members of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden have come together to form a new band called 3rd Secret, who have surprise-released a full-length debut album.

The band was formed by Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, drummer for both Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Additional members include Jon ‘Bubba’ Dupree of Void, Jillian Raye of Novoselic’s project Giants In The Trees and Jennifer Johnson. 

Their self-titled album, released yesterday (April 11) without warning, comes with little explanation, though Novoselic did spark rumours of an upcoming project back in February when he tweeted that he was “really busy trying to finish a record” and “in the middle of some hangups”.

The 11-track record honours the band’s grunge roots while expanding outwards into indie-rock, indie-folk and beyond. It’s available to digitally buy and download as well as stream on Spotify and YouTube. There is no current news on a physical release.

For now, listen to ‘3rd Secret’ below.

1. ‘Rhythm of the Ride’
2. ‘I Choose Me’
3. ‘Last Day of August’
4. ‘Winter Solstice’
5. ‘Lies Fade Away’
6. ‘Live Without You’
7. ‘Right Stuff’
8. ‘Dead Sea’
9. ‘Diamond in the Cold’
10. ‘Somewhere in Time’
11. ‘The Yellow Dress’

3rd Secret

Elsewhere, plans are afoot to turn Gus Van Sant’s divisive Kurt Cobain biopic into an opera. ‘Last Days’, released in 2005, was heavily inspired by the final days of the Nirvana frontman, although names were changed for fear of legal reprisal. The film followed Michael Pitt as Blake, who was based on Cobain, from his escape from rehab in the opening scene to his eventual suicide.

The film met with mixed reviews, holding a 57% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the broad canon of artistic works inspired by the life and death of Cobain will now be expanded to encompass opera, as ‘Last Days’ is adapted by London’s Royal Opera House for its 2022-2023 season.