Linkin Park will release their highly-anticipated album The Hunting Party on June 17th, 2014 which they are touting as a return to form and unlike the mostly electronic material they’ve been releasing of late.
In an interview with Vice.com, rapper/backup vocalist in Linkin Park Mike Shinoda has been very vocal about his disdain for the current state of rock music:
There’s so much music out there; there’s so much stuff that sounds like Haim or CHVRCHES or Vampire Weekend that I’m full. The thing I’m hungry for is not that. I turn on the rock station in L.A. and it sounds like Disney commercial music. And I’m confused by that. The dude from Foster the People was literally a jingle writer. No disrespect, but for me to make that stuff was kind of out of the question.
Shinoda is 100% correct, but is obviously deluded if he thinks his own band is excluded from that rule. The last couple of albums Linkin Park have released sadly have been electronic pop drivel and exactly the kind of Disney commercial music Shinoda says he is sick of.
He then goes on to say:
I stepped back and said, “What’s the thing I want to hear that nobody else is making, and what’s the thing that we are uniquely positioned to make?” We threw out our old demos, and I talked to the guys and basically asked them to get in touch with who their 15-year-old self was. Not to make songs for 15-year-olds out there now—there are a lot of people out there who’ll make music because it’ll be popular with teenagers, but that’s not what we’re doing.
It sounds like the band are really going to try and make a heavy rock record in similar vain to that of their earlier material. My expectations are through the roof, so lets hope the end result is as good as Mike is saying it will be.
Linkin Park, “Guilty All The Same”