Mike says the new Linkin Park album is more personal

: KenjiMS   : 17:50 26.04.2012
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In part three of an interview with NME, Mike explains why the band have called their new album Living Things and revealed that it is a far more personal record than their previous efforts.

Linkin Park have spoken about the lyrical inspiration for their new album Living Things and co-frontman Mike Shinoda has revealed that it is a far more personal record than their previous efforts and shies away from political and social issues.

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 bands 2010 fourth album A Thousand Suns and has once again been produced by Rick Rubin. You can hear the albums lead-off single, Burn It Down, by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Speaking to NME about Living Things, co-frontman Mike Shinoda replied to a question about what had inspired the albums lyrics by revealing that they were about the bands own lives and that was why they had chosen the title Living Things.

Asked about the albums lyrics, Shinoda said: We chose the album title Living Things because its more of a record about people. Its more about personal interactions. On the last few records weve had an interest in global issues and social issues and those things are still around, there are certainly traces of them, but this record is far more personal.

The singer also said that the album has a variety of moods, but that the anger that was a feature of the bands early work remains part of their repertoire.

Asked if the record had any angry lyrical moments, he replied: Ill let the listener decide that. I see it as a very three-dimensional record. There are definitely moments of cathartic screaming, there are other parts where its more about the lyrics and melody and theres rapping on it. Theres a nice balance of all the vocal styles we do.

Shinoda went on to say that the bands new record actually reminded him of the groups formative days, when they were still called Hybrid Theory and hadnt become Linkin Park yet.

Speaking about the records influences, he said: One thing that occurred to me when we were finishing up with the record, was the connection to the first record. To me, its not about getting back to Hybrid Theory the record, its about getting back to Hybrid Theory the band because that was descriptive of the music we make.

He continued: Its getting back to that and modernising that is what we did over the course of making this record. Now, we listen to even more styles of music and our tastes go even deeper than they did before. So now theres more stuff we can do than ever.

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.

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