(Radio.com) Mike Shinoda and his bandmates in Linkin Park are at a crossroads. According to Shinoda in a new interview with Rolling Stone, the rock outfit decided it needed to “weed out” the softer, “emo” elements that many have come to know it for, instead opting for a heavier approach that seems authentic.
“It needed to be visceral,” the band’s rapper and multi-instrumentalist said. “We need to weed out a lot of the soft, emo kind of approach to our music, and we need to weed out anything that feels aggressive for aggressive’s sake. We’re not 18-year-old kids making a loud record – we’re 37-year-old adults making a loud record. And what makes a 37-year-old angry is different than what made us angry back in the day.”
As such, the band is attempting to shed the poppier habits they fell into in recent years, particularly with 2012′s Living Things. In March, Linkin Park released “Guilty All the Same,” the new single from upcoming album The Hunting Party. The song certainly lives up to the new approach, with a harder, more metal-inspired edge to its sound. The track even includes a rap verse from Rakim, rather than rhymes from Shinoda, the band’s usual rapper.
That goes along with a recent interview Radio.com conducted with Shinoda. “Rock music, even the most popular bands, they’re not really influencing the zeitgeist,” Shinoda told Radio.com. “It’s not moving the needle of pop culture. I don’t want rock to be pop, I don’t want rock to go out there like that. But I do want it to be exciting, and right now it’s… moderately exciting.” more on this story