Mike talked to NME and X103.9 about Linkin ParkТs new album, УLiving ThingsФ
Linkin Park have spoken about the making of their new album СLiving ThingsТ and co-frontman Mike Shinoda has said its recording was the most comfortable process the band have gone through for a long time.
The album is due for release on June 25 in the UK and June 26 in the US. It is the follow-up to the bandТs 2010 fourth album СA Thousand SunsТ and has once again been produced by Rick Rubin. You can hear the albumТs lead-off single, СBurn It DownТ, by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.
Speaking to NME about СLiving ThingsТ, co-frontman Mike Shinoda said that his band felt comfortable in their own skin Уfor the first time in a long timeФ and that he also believes people imagine he and his bandmates take themselves far too seriously.
Asked whether he thought СLiving ThingsТ was a varied album, Shinoda replied: УFor the first time in a long time, weТre comfortable in our own skin. Definitely more so than in recent years. People would definitely be surprised by the sense of humour that the band has about itself and the stuff that weТve done in the past that we look back at now and we canТt believe we did. ItТs like going back and looking at old pictures of yourself and you canТt believe what youТre wearing. We wouldnТt change it, we just wouldnТt do now though.Ф
The singer then responded to a question about how the album compared to the bandТs previous efforts by saying: УWeТve learned so much from all the albums weТve done, so weТve taken everything weТve learned and mixed it all into one.Ф
Shinoda then said that the album was an УuptempoФ effort and that the band were looking forward to taking it out on tour.
He added: УThe record is a pretty uptempo record. That doesnТt meant thereТs lots of heavy metal guitars, itТs about the sound weТre using and the energy in the songs. The record has a lot of energy and is going to be really fun to play live. All the tracks are three to four minutes long, very compact and theyТll fit in with the rest of our set very well.Ф
Linkin Park will tour the US this summer as part of a co-headline trek with Incubus. They will also play a small number of European dates in late May and early June.